A new store from the world's largest coffee chain is coming to Hockessin as early as next week.
At the January Greater Hockessin Area Development Association meeting, vice president Mark Blake announced that Starbucks would hold a "soft opening" for their newest store, located at Limestone Crossing in the 6,000 block of Limestone Road in Hockessin, on Monday, Jan. 27.
He added that the chain would hold a grand opening for the location sometime in the future.
Blake said that he noticed crews working on the property at night over the previous weekend, with new black awnings and the completed stucco exterior unveiled on Monday.
The new strip center is located across from Lantana Square and will be anchored by Starbucks and WSFS.
The new Starbucks will have a drive-thru window as well as regular inside service, Blake said.
Visitors to the drive-thru will exit the center at the Limestone Road and Lantana Road stoplight.
Blake said that during the development of the overall project, the number of entrances from between the former Hockessin Community News building and WSFS onto Limestone Road were reduced from five to two – an improvement, he said, from a safety standpoint.
He added that four of the five available storefronts have already been leased, although he was not sure exactly what the other stores would be, except that they were likely more retail stores.
"They've got some pretty high-end tenants in there, so it should be pretty nice," Blake said.
Crowdsourced reactions to the opening online came out in support of area coffee shops Brew Ha Ha, Drip Café and Perfect Cup, with commenters saying they would continue to support their neighborhood cafes.
Greg Vogeley, of the Drip Café at Lantana Square, said that he is not overly concerned that the chain is moving in right across the street.
"I think that there's room in the community for a lot of different businesses, and I feel we offer a wide variety of products … that people are looking for," he said.
Celebrating his ninth month of being open for business this week, Vogeley said he enjoys a dedicated customer base that he believes would continue to frequent his café, which is known for its breakfast offerings.
"We definitely have a hometown feel that sets our brand apart," he said. "I actually think we'll be busier – they'll bring more coffee drinkers to the area, and then they'll see they have options."
The global coffee chain, which saw its beginnings as a small-batch roaster in Seattle, currently has over 20,000 stores worldwide, with over 13,000 in the United States alone.
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