Popular Vancouver coffee chain permanently closes all Toronto locations

Jul 13 2020, 2:20 pm

Beloved west-coast coffee shop chain JJ Bean has permanently closed all its Toronto locations, leaving only its Vancouver storefronts in operation.

The brand has cited a lack of resources as the reason behind the closure.

“All of our Vancouver cafes have now reopened with limited hours while continuing take-out only, physical distancing, and cleaning guidelines to mitigate spread of the virus,” reads an update on the chain’s website.

“Sadly, our Toronto locations have closed permanently as we no longer have the resources to operate in two cities.”

The notice asks customers to keep an eye on the website’s “location” page in order to be updated on further closures and announcements. The spot says Google can’t be a reliable source for this information, as there can be delays to edits on the search engine.

JJ Bean operated in Toronto at 390 Bay Street, 130 Adelaide Street West, 90 Eglinton Avenue East, and 197 Bartley Drive. The Bay Street location opened last May.

The chain’s owner, John Neate Jr., told Daily Hive in 2016 about big plans for the brand’s Toronto expansion.

“If Vancouver can have 18 stores and Toronto is six times bigger, what’s the limit?” Neate said at the time.

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