A couple hundred feet from an already-standing Starbucks inside Target, developers are eyeing a site to build a free-standing, drive-thru Starbucks store.
A Chicago-based architecture and planning firm called Norr recently submitted a site plan to the town but it’s still too early to know how quickly the Starbucks will go up. There are still several plans that have to be submitted, reviewed and approved, Knightdale Planning Director Chris Hills said.
Hills said there is no set opening date for the new Starbucks. Projects that are early in the development process can often be delayed as plans are revised and in some cases, projects can be put on hold.
The proposed free-standing Starbucks was a project that was originally presented to town planning staff in 2008. It was put on hold as the economy declined.
The new Starbucks does have one advantage over other retail projects: Its site is basically ready to go, as long as the company has enough room for its actual structure.
The proposed Starbucks would be on a clear pad in what is currently the parking lot of Best Buy on Knightdale Boulevard. Parking probably wouldn’t cause too many problems for the cafe, Hills said, since there is already a parking lot.
Preliminary plans submitted to the town – which are not used to guide construction – show the building will be 24 feet tall and a 1,850 total square feet.