CUPPY’S COFFEE: Mechanicsburg, PA Cafe Closes

Cuppy’s Coffee of Mechanicsburg, PA closed its doors on July 13, 2009. Our condolences and best wishes go out to the Cuppy’s Coffee franchise owners Jason & Joanne Winters and their son, Jason. mechanics3.1

The Winters opened their Cuppy’s Coffee cafe January 24, 2008 and energetically promoted their cafe with lively events and live music performances,  including a musical appearance by American Idol Kristy Lee Cook. On their Cuppy’s Coffee & Catering website, the Winters write that it just wasn’t enough to sustain their business:

Shortly after opening we noticed a downward trend in our walk in business do to a rough ecomony and had to find another way to bring in income to keep the cafe open. We started to offer catering to local businesses for their luncheons or dinner events. This helped keep our business afloat for awhile, however, the economy was still in a bad situation and so were we.

We had to make a decision whether or not to continue keeping the doors of the cafe open or close and continue our catering in another location. Ater much thought we decided that we would have to close the cafe, a sad event for us but one that we had to make financially.

We are now focusing strickly on catering and will continue to grow this portion of our business.

Despite paying a franchise fee and receiving a promise of marketing, operational and purchasing support, the Winters were abandoned by the Cuppy’s Coffee franchisor Medina Enterprises, which disappeared in a cloud of allegations & controversy.  Like many Cuppy’s Coffee franchisees around the country, the Winters were left to fend for themselves with none of the support they paid for.  And also like many Cuppy’s Coffee franchisees, they were unable to build a sustainable, profitable business despite their best efforts.

Please join us in wishing the Winter’s much success with their catering business and all future endeavors.

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12 thoughts on “CUPPY’S COFFEE: Mechanicsburg, PA Cafe Closes

  • August 4, 2009 at 12:18 pm
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    I wish you the best with your catering business. I also closed a Cuppy’s Cafe in October of 08 Im still dealing with the mess with BK on the company and now getting the rights to get the equipment out of the store to sell and help pay for our loan. Your not alone and we need to stay positive. Take care

  • August 4, 2009 at 1:22 pm
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    Jason and Joanne, I haven’t met you personally but wish you all the best of luck!

  • August 4, 2009 at 1:38 pm
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    Jason and Joanne, we had to close our doors 16 months ago and I know how you must feel. Therefore, prayers are being said for you and your family. God bless.

  • August 4, 2009 at 1:59 pm
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    monica & jutta:
    Sorry to hear of your closings.
    Where were your Cuppy’s located? Were they drive-thrus or cafes?

  • August 4, 2009 at 3:19 pm
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    Joanne & Jason – sorry to hear you closed. I am glad to hear you still have something to continue with. Best of luck to you both!

  • August 4, 2009 at 3:50 pm
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    My partner and I closed a Cuppys cafe in Chino CA. It’s still very upsetting to me.

  • August 4, 2009 at 4:41 pm
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    Monica:
    It’s a shame. It looks like you got rave reviews from your customers
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/cuppys-coffee-chino

    Many like you gave it your all, but had so much going against you from the start. Unfortunately, you’re certainly not alone.

  • August 4, 2009 at 8:27 pm
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    Thank you admin I had read the reviews I loved my customers I wish things would of worked out different. Maybe in the future I’ll try again but on a smaller scale and near my home. I miss the store and the people.

  • August 6, 2009 at 5:26 am
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    We send our best wishes to you. Perhaps the best is yet to come!

  • August 7, 2009 at 6:55 pm
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    I am so sorry to hear of your closing. I frequently went to your site for encouragement. Your business looked like it was doing very well. As you know, we closed our store on July 3, 2009 as an independent store. We have just recently file bankruptcy as Morgan and Nabors took all of our money.
    Best wishes to your family. I hope your catering business prosper and flourishes.
    Also, I haven’t given up getting the last word on these crooks. They WILL go to prison, I guarantee it!
    Alicia and Rickey Benefield

  • August 8, 2009 at 12:54 pm
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    today is clawson, MI cuppys last day :(

  • August 8, 2009 at 1:14 pm
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    Sorry yo hear of another cuppys closing. After 10 months and filing BK I was allowed to take the equipment and furniture out of the store. The landlord gave us a really hard time and locked us out. In the end the court and our bank helped us to get it all back. Now it’s time to sell and pay down loan. Does the cuppys curse ever end?

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