All 12 The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Manhattan franchises were closed on October 1, according to the city’s West Side Rag. The Los Angeles coffee and tea chain’s NYC stores were all opened within the last five years. The company issued the following statement to the blog:
“International Coffee & Tea, LLC regrets to announce that all of the franchised The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® locations in Manhattan closed on October 1, 2016. We value the brand’s loyal following in the Big Apple and intend to swiftly bring The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® hand-crafted coffees and teas, including the world famous Ice Blended® drinks, back to New York City. It is our hope that when The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® returns to New York, the new store owners will deliver the products and service our customers have come to expect through their experiences at the other 1,000+ company-owned and franchised The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® locations around the world.”
Signs on the stores say they are “reopening soon” with a “new look and new brew,” though it’s not clear when that will happen or if it will be at the same locations.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has been in operation since 1963 and has more than 1000 locations globally.
Source: West Side Rag