Friday, November 4, 2011

Coffee to go

Starbucks to close Sunday, reopen elsewhere under new management

Express Staff Writer

The Starbucks coffee shop on Main Street in Ketchum will close at the end of the weekend. Photo by Mountain Express

Starbucks coffee patrons will have to shift their morning routine slightly, as the café in its current location on the corner of Main Street and Sun Valley Road in Ketchum will close Sunday. A Starbucks will open soon as a franchise in the visitor center a couple blocks to the east.

Starbucks has been on the ground floor of the old Lane Mercantile building since 1999.

The Cairde Group, an investment group that includes valley residents, is renting 1,900 square feet of the visitor center—about half the building—on Sun Valley Road and East Avenue.

The group signed an agreement this summer with the Ketchum Urban Renewal Agency allowing it to operate a Starbucks franchise, meaning it will be owned and operated by Cairde Group, not corporation-owned as the current Starbucks is.

The lease agreement allows the sale of alcohol as well as limited food and, of course, non-alcoholic beverages.

Renovation is under way on the former bank building owned by the Ketchum URA. More information on opening dates for the new Starbucks and the visitor center is expected soon.

Rebecca Meany:

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