A Lake City coffee shop has awarded its first franchise under a program that gives preference to military veterans and former law enforcement workers and firefighters.

Ellianos Coffee Company has 8 locations in North Florida and South Georgia, and will add at least 3 locations through franchisee Catherine Tune. The first franchisee under the company’s HeroFran program, Tune spent 27 years working for the Florida Department for Corrections, rising to the position of major. Tune will open at least 3 Ellianos coffee shops in the next 3 years in Tallahassee and Thomasville, Ga.

The HeroFran program is for veterans, police and firefighters who… read on.