Starbucks opens community-driven cafe; new cafe, smoothie spots in the northeast | Colombia company
COLUMBIA – A new Starbucks location in Colombia is a first for South Carolina.
Starbucks opened on August 20 at 2509, forest road near the newly renamed MUSC Health Columbia Medical Center, formerly Providence Hospital.
The cafe is the first in South Carolina to be part of Starbucks’ community store program and the 20th to open nationwide, according to a company statement.
Community stores are particularly focused on diversity in contracts, local hiring in areas that need good jobs, and partnering with local nonprofits, according to the company.
The general contractor for this location was WEBMyers Construction from Atlanta.
artists from south carolina Lauren Andreu and Jared owens painted a fresco that dominates the interior of the cafe.
The fresco is titled “A Great Cloud of Witnesses”, and features images from the work of photographer Columbia Richard Samuel Roberts.
Roberts took photographs in South Carolina in the 1920s and 1930s. His work, rediscovered decades after his death in 1936, offers a remarkable look into the lives of members of the African American community of that time.
The mural depicts the Colombians of today in the context of these early inhabitants, as portrayed so memorably by Roberts.
Starbucks has set a goal of opening 100 community stores across the country by 2025.
Two new ones in the northeast
A new mall in northeast Richland has one business open and one coming up.
The retail strip is a new part of Summit municipalities, and it’s near the Food Lion store at the edge of The Summit development on Hardscrabble route.
Open since the end of June is a Human bean driving coffee.
This is the second Midlands location for Human Bean, with the first in South Congarée. A third location nearby Ballentine is next, according to the company’s website.
Next to the human bean at the top, a King of smoothies the location is about to open. Two other stores do not yet have tenants.
New convenience store with more
The Midlands have already seen strong growth in convenience stores that can offer a little more to customers, be it the new 7-Elevens, QuikTrip Where Murphy Express.
Now another project is planned for 446 Clemson Road in northeast Richland, the stretch that was recently widened as one of the county’s penny sales tax projects.
It is a convenience store with eight gas pumps and an imposing building of nearly 7,000 square feet.
According to its city request, the company will look like the Palmetto routes convenience store in Chapin, and also serve fresh food.
The Chapin store has a hot take-out counter with fried chicken and sides.
The project, designed by Civil Engineering of Colombia, will appear in front of the Columbia Board of Zoning Appeals on September 2, as must all convenience stores and businesses looking to add drive-thru.
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