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Dutch Bros. Continues To Percolate Visits

by 
Bracha Arnold
 on 
February 20, 2024
Dutch Bros. Continues To Percolate Visits

Dutch Bros. has impressed with its foot traffic growth over the past few years. We took a closer look at the foot traffic data to understand where this chain’s growth is headed.  

Brewing Up Visits

Dutch Bros., the country’s third-largest coffee chain, began as a simple coffee pushcart in Grants Pass, Oregon. Thirty-two years later, the company is one of the fastest-growing coffee chains in the country, having grown to over 900 locations in the country’s North and Southwest regions. 

Analyzing the change in monthly visits to the chain since 2019 reveals near-constant growth over the past few years – a noteworthy feat considering the challenges facing the space over COVID and during the recent inflation. And while some of Dutch Bros. visit increase is likely due to its expanding store fleet, the consistency and magnitude of the growth suggests that the chain is keeping its new customers coming back. 

Dutch Bros.’ success continued in 2023 and into the new year, with the company posting consistent year-over-year (YoY) visit gains for the past thirteen months. January 2024 visits to Dutch Bros. were 10.0% higher than in January 2023, while overall visits to the coffee space decreased by 2.7% YoY during the same period. 

Who Visits Dutch Bros.?

Dutch Bros.’ drive-thru design helped the chain thrive during the pandemic – and the layout is also helping the chain reach suburban audience segments. 

A chain’s potential market refers to the population residing in a given trade area, weighted to reflect the number of households in each Census Block Group (CBG) comprising the trade area. A chain’s captured market weighs each CBG according to the actual number of visits originating to the chain from that CBG. 

Analyzing the psychographic makeup of Dutch Bros' trade areas in four major markets – Texas, Arizona, Oregon, and California – revealed that the chain’s captured market attracts an outsize share of suburban audience segments. Specifically, Spatial.ai: PersonaLive’s “Blue Collar Suburbs” and “Upper Suburban Diverse Families” were both overrepresented in Dutch Bros.’ captured market relative to their presence in the chain’s potential market. This suggests that the chain is particularly popular among suburban coffee lovers, regardless of income levels or economic backgrounds. As Dutch Bros. continues its expansion, focusing on suburban, car-centric areas may serve it well. 

Pour It Up

Dutch Bros. has been a remarkable success story over the past few years despite the widespread economic headwinds challenges the dining space at large has experienced. Will the chain continue to see its momentum continue into 2024 and beyond? 

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