Written by Alyssa Rivas and Alana Crosby
The city of Collegedale will soon be home to a Scooter’s Coffee. According to a recent city commission meeting agenda, approval of lease terms for the new coffee shop was passed on October 18.
Kirsten Ert, senior community planner, informed the Accent that the plans for construction are being reviewed by the city’s developmental staff. The opening date has not yet been announced.
According to Ert, this branch of Scooter’s Coffee will be located at 9395 Apison Pike. As stated in the commissioner’s agenda, Scooter’s will be leasing a portion of city-owned land for 20 years, with an option to extend for another 20 years. The rental fee will be $10 a year.
“We are very excited that the owners chose Collegedale for their newest location in the region,” Ert said.
Ert also said that in addition to meeting the coffee demands of Collegedale, Scooter’s Coffee will be building a parking lot behind the business for both the Veteran’s Memorial Park and the Greenway.
“They will also provide for bicycle parking and direct access from and to the park,” Ert said. “The city will build a walkway from the parking lot and sidewalk on Apison Pike to the park and Greenway to complete the connection.”
Southern Adventist University students have expressed excitement about the new coffee shop.
“It’s a great place to grab a cup of coffee, and it’ll be a good place to work for college students,” said Hayley Halverson, a junior nutrition major.
Helen Miller, a sophomore elementary education major, is looking forward to a new place to spend time with friends and get coffee.
“I know there are a lot of coffee places already, but with the population of Collegedale only growing, a Scooter’s Coffee place sounds like a great addition,” Miller said. “Coffee is a must for most people. And, I know I would appreciate another place to get coffee, especially when other coffee places are crowded.”
The Scooter’s Coffee chain has been expanding across the country ever since 1988 when co-founders Don and Linda Eckles opened their first drive-thru coffeehouse in Bellevue, Nebraska. Scooter’s Coffee features a smiley-face sticker on each cup, a tradition started by Linda Eckles.
“We are very excited about this agreement,” Ert said about the plan for the new parking lot and Greenway connections to come with Scooter’s Coffee. “It’s really a win-win for the city and the business owners.”