Starbucks to open Aug. 21
By William F. West
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Adelia Cole says her youngest daughter, 13-year-old Lila Winner, is counting down the days until the new Starbucks opens at the Shoppes at Tanglewood.
"She goes wherever there is a Starbucks," Cole, a Belvidere area resident, said Wednesday afternoon in front of Walmart at Tanglewood. "She has been a coffee lover since she was little."
Lila won’t have to wait much longer.
A spokeswoman for the Seattle-based coffee-store chain said Tuesday its first standalone store in Elizabeth City will open Monday, Aug. 21.
According to the spokeswoman, the store’s tentative hours will be Mondays through Fridays, 5 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
The new Starbucks, which will feature a drive-thru window, will employ about 25 people, the spokeswoman said.
Before construction began on the new store, the only Starbucks in Elizabeth City was a coffee kiosk at the Farm Fresh supermarket off South Hughes Boulevard. Farm Fresh President Micky Nye said in June the kiosk was recently remodeled.
Aly Waddell, a Camden County resident and a fill-in educator assistant at a private school, said she’s been a longtime patron of the Starbucks at Farm Fresh. She’s also bought coffee at the Greenbrier Starbucks in Chesapeake, she said.
Like Cole’s daughter, she’s looking forward to the Starbucks opening at Tanglewood.
"I like the idea that it's a drive-thru because I have a 3-year-old who doesn't like getting out of the car," she said.
Cole, a substitute rural mail carrier, said she also likes the accessibility of the new Starbucks. The store is located off Halstead Boulevard Extended between McDonald’s and the Murphy USA gas-convenience store.
She also believes her daughter will be a frequent customer of the new store. Lila especially likes Starbucks’ Caramel Macchiato as well as the store’s pastries and small coffee cakes.
"Anywhere she can get a ride, she will be here, whether it be from me or her grandmother or her grandfather," Cole said. "She will get her coffee."
Not everyone plans to rush out to Starbucks to buy coffee, however.
Carol Adams said she plans to remain a loyal customer of Muddy Waters Coffeehouse, a privately owned coffeehouse that’s been a downtown fixture at the corner of Main and Road streets.
"Muddy’s is more than a coffee shop; it’s a community. And I feel a part of that community,” Adams said. “They have excellent coffee and a great atmosphere. It's very relaxed."
Asked what she thinks of Starbucks, Adams, a nurse who drives to Virginia for work, replied with a smile, "It’s free enterprise."
Mike Hindenach, president of the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce, said the business group “always loves to see new businesses come in."
"We love to see new employee opportunities for the community," he said.
The fact the Starbucks plans to employ 25 people will be a boost for the local economy, Hindenach said.
"That's a good chunk of employment. We're excited to see that," he said.
Founded in 1971, Starbucks has more than 25,000 retail stores in 75 countries, the company’s website states.