Chattanooga's Mean Mug Coffeehouse adding two new locations

Coffee retailer also adding a roasting warehouse and franchising

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Barista Layla Rogers works on making a drink at Mean Mug Coffeehouse on Friday, May 21, 2021 in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Mean Mug has expanded from its original Main Street location to the North Shore in 2017 and Fort Oglethorpe in 2021. Mean Mug has plans for a fourth location in East Brainerd.

A decade after opening its Main Street location, the Mean Mug Coffeehouse is looking to expand its operation with two new locations, a roasting facility in a warehouse in the Highland Park area, and it has plans to begin franchising in the next six months to a year.

It opened a location on Manufacturers Road in 2017 in the old Knitting Mill and opened a new location on Battlefield Parkway in Fort Oglethorpe two weeks ago. Mean Mug has plans to open a fourth location in East Brainerd in the Loft by Marriott Hotel by Hamilton Place in the next two months.

Co-owner Monica Smith said the menu, and the coffee, which is roasted currently at the Northshore location, is the same at each place, but each is designed to be representative of the area where it is located.

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