New Orleans-born coffeehouse franchisees selected for top recognition in franchising
New Orleans, LA (RestaurantNews.com) PJ’s Coffee is proud to announce that franchisees Harry and Dalton Dodich from Mobile, Alabama, have received the International Franchise Association’s Franchisee of the Year award.
The IFA’s highest honor is awarded to franchise owners in recognition of their outstanding performance and contributions to franchising. The Dodichs have embodied the core values and mission of PJ’s Coffee since opening their first location in early 2020. The father-son duo currently operate three locations in the Mobile area and earned PJ’s Coffee Franchisee of the Year award in 2022 for their success, ingenuity and strength as partners.
“We’re honored to have received this award and be recognized for our dedication to our employees, guests and PJ’s Coffee,” Dalton said. “It’s been our mission to make everyone feel welcome and want to come back for quality products and memorable experiences, and it’s a lot easier when you have a business like PJ’s that shares those same values and supports you along the way.”
Dalton’s expertise in business operations as a franchisee of another brand has helped him flourish as the managing partner for his and his father’s portfolio of PJ’s locations. The Dodichs are known for their constructive work culture and for acting proactively – and authentically – to to keep a positive environment for their managers, baristas and customers, ensuring their success. Additionally, both help test and deploy new technology to improve operational efficiencies for the brand overall.
“From the beginning, Harry and Dalton have been amazing people to work with and as model franchisees, are deserving of this award,” said PJ’s Coffee VP of Franchise Development Ryan Stansbury. “They have pushed through the pandemic and continue to be successful across all three of their locations through an optimistic work culture, the development of their team, and by focusing on the guest experience.”
The IFA is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. Nominated by their parent company, individuals are selected for their service to their communities, fostering a strong and vibrant workforce, opening the doors for career growth and entrepreneurship, and supporting their fellow franchisees.
To learn more about PJ’s Coffee and franchise opportunities, visit www.pjsfranchise.com.
About PJ’s Coffee
PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans was founded in 1978 by Phyllis Jordan, a pioneer in the coffee industry, and acquired by Ballard Brands in 2008. Under the direction of brothers Paul, Scott and Steve Ballard, PJ’s has grown to over 165 operating coffeehouses, including several internationally, with over 120 more in various stages of development. By showcasing its high-quality beans, superior roasting techniques and pure passion for the art of coffee-making, PJ’s has gained a loyal following in the $100 billion coffee industry and is on pace to hit 300 locations by the end of 2025. The brand serves a wide variety of hot, iced and frozen coffee beverages using small-batch roasted beans, a process designed to craft unique taste profiles only found at PJ’s. It’s also the only coffee franchise to offer a true taste of New Orleans, featuring fresh beignets, a fried French pastry generously sprinkled with confectioners sugar. Coffee is the second-most consumed beverage in the world and PJ’s time-proven approach shows it will continue to be a major force in the industry for years to come. For more information on owning your own PJ’s Coffee franchise, visit pjscoffee.com or follow PJ’s Coffee on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.