04/22/19 – Starbucks coming to Lenoir

Posted on: April 26th, 2019 by admin

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April 22, 2019

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By: Virginia Annable

vannable@newstopicnews.com

 

Lenoir will get a Starbucks coffee shop sometime in 2020, a spokesperson said.

 

Starbucks plans to build the new 2,500-square-foot location on Blowing Rock Boulevard next to Dairy Queen in the parking lot in front of Bargain Hunt and Belk.

 

The coffee shop will have a drive-thru and will employ 25 people, the spokesperson said.

 

Starbucks plans to open the new location in “winter 2020,” the announcement said, but Starbucks officials could not be reached for clarification about what that means.

 

The project has been in the works for several years, said Deborah Murray, executive director of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission. She worked with Starbucks to show them the benefits of doing business in Lenoir and help with location scouting, and she has been following the project since, she said.

 

“Once they decide it’s a good area, they hand it off to (be developed),” Murray said. “We’re excited about it.”

 

Lenoir Mayor Joe Gibbons said the company was one of “those businesses … you’d like to see come here.”

 

“It’s very exciting to have any new industry or business coming into our community and certainly a name like Starbucks is exciting to have,” Gibbons said. “We look forward to it — it’s another nice piece to be a part of our community.”

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