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Caribou Coffee Co., the Minneapolis-based alternative to Starbucks Corp., wants to make it easier for underserved caffeine lovers throughout the region to grab a cup of Joe.
The outfit, which bills itself as the nation's second-largest non-franchised coffee company, plans to open 100 new stores in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., area during the next "several years," Caribou co-founder John Puckett said.
"This area is so underserved, so Caribou sees a niche to be somebody other than Starbucks," said Mark A. Millman, president of Lutherville-based Millman Search Group Inc., a retail consulting firm.
The Baltimore-Washington area could handle …