Starbucks Comes to Rocky Mount | Local news

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ROCKY MOUNT – Residents of Rocky Mount will soon have another place to go for a cup of fresh coffee.

Salomon Real Estate Group plans to develop an independent Starbucks on 2 acres that it recently purchased. The Atlanta-based company also has a site in South Boston where a Starbucks will be one of the tenants.

A Starbucks spokesperson has confirmed that a Starbucks is coming to Rocky Mount. The coffee chain said the location, which will feature double drive-thru, will employ between 30 and 35 people.

Jessica Heckman, planning and zoning administrator for the City of Rocky Mount, said the developer hopes to begin demolition of the house that currently sits on the site within the next two weeks. She said the project had been in the works for “some time”. The local project manager for development told him that as soon as the team finishes work on their current projects, they will begin work on the development of 591 Old Franklin Turnpike. Salomon Real Estate bought the land for $ 340,000, according to Thalhimer | Custman & Wakefield.

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“We won’t have a proposed completion date until construction begins,” Heckman said. The Starbucks spokesperson said the Rocky Mount location will likely open in fall 2022.

The city was not involved in Salomon’s decision to locate a development or Starbucks in Rocky Mount. “They did all of their homework themselves,” Heckman said. “Basically, they approached us blindly. We didn’t know it would be a Starbucks until after the sitemap steps. We had no input or even knew they were considering it until they were ready to let us know they were coming. ”

Heckman explained that Salomon is developing shell buildings at the site. Tenants, including Starbucks, will later outfit buildings according to their specific needs.

The idea of ​​Rocky Mount having a Starbucks is exciting to many, including Heckman. “Any development in the city is exciting,” she said. “We are always encouraging new businesses to come to the town of Rocky Mount. This benefits all citizens.

Mike Carter is the Rocky Mount District Representative on the Franklin County Board of Supervisors. “I certainly support any new business that opens in the town of Rocky Mount,” he said. “I think Starbucks will be a welcome new addition. I hope the city will continue to strive to attract new business.”

Steve Angle, the city’s mayor, agrees. “We are always happy to see new businesses in Rocky Mount,” he said. “Starbucks has a loyal following and will be able to serve people locally. We know they will be welcomed by the community and wish them the best.”

Kylee Robinson, owner of The Whole Bean Coffeehouse in downtown Rocky Mount, isn’t concerned about the competition that a future Starbucks will present. “I’m not really worried about Starbucks,” she said. “They’re fulfilling a need. They’ll have drive-thru because not everyone can stop here. They’ll be on this side of town. I think it will be good for the city and I don’t think that it will really affect us a lot. ” In addition to coffee and tea, his establishment offers paninis, wraps and pastries. It opened in 2016.

Currently, the closest Starbucks to Rocky Mount is in Roanoke.

Site selection for the new Starbucks was handled by Thalhimer | Custman & Wakefield. The purchase included an additional half an acre of land that will be available for rent adjacent to Starbucks.

A derogation for a possible future sign has already been approved for the second lot which will eventually house another development. Heckman said the developer wants the approval of the possible future sign on the second batch before they are ready to move forward.

Salomon Real Estate Group, LLC has not responded to inquiries about the site.

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