HINGHAM (AP) – A Massachusetts-based coffee shop chain famous for its pink and black logo and television commercials featuring beautiful servers has announced plans to expand into Rhode Island.

Marylou’s plans to open five stores in Rhode Island by the end of 2011.

Company owner Marylou Sandry tells The Patriot Ledger of Quincy that she’s excited by the expansion that could create up to 150 jobs.

She says the Rhode Island stores will be housed in Shell gas stations owned by Colbea Enterprises LLC of Cranston, R.I.

The first is scheduled to open in East Providence next month, with the others planned for North Providence, Smithfield, Johnston and East Greenwich.

Hingham-based Marylou’s, founded in 1986, currently has 25 locations in the region south of Boston.

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