The first location will open in Silver Spring, Md., at The Core, a luxury apartment complex. The chain aims to add 40 locations throughout the region over the next 10 years.

“Expanding our reach nationally has been a goal of PJ's Coffee for some time. The addition of the Silver Spring, Md., location is a defining step toward that goal," says David Mesa, executive vice president and chief development officer for PJ's Coffee. “We have a high level of confidence in this franchise group's ability to represent and grow the brand in this region and look forward to the addition of more locations.”

Spearheading the development are franchisees Deepak, Sunil and Sabina Shrestha along with Shaq Qureshi.

PJ's Coffee has more than 100 locations open and operating nationally and internationally.