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It’s A Grind Coffee House has named Phoenix as its next expansion market.

The chain’s specialty blend coffee is roasted in Southern California.The company has 18 locations in the U.S., mostly in California, and eight abroad, including Mumbai, Dubai, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi.

Five new locations are planned for metro Phoenix, starting late next year, according to Laina Sullivan, director of franchise development.

“It’s a great market with lots of potential,” she said, citing better, cheaper real estate options in Arizona compared to California.

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