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Starbucks plans drive-thru expansion

All coffee addicts out there may appreciate the plans that a Woodbury Starbucks has in store.

The company and property manager of the Valley Creek Plaza location plan to expand the coffee shop to add a drive-thru by the end of this fall.

The existing building is about 3,100 square feet with Starbucks and Potbelly Sandwich constructed through the Woodbury Village project in 1990.

Starbucks plans to expand by 600 square feet to allow for a new drive-thru with two windows, according to an application submitted to the city of Woodbury.

The store will also have new seating and a remodeled interior.

The drive-thru expansion and permit were approved by the Woodbury Planning Commission last week at a meeting where members discussed safety and parking issues at the location.

The plans call for removal of some of the parking spaces, leaving 35 directly adjacent to the building.

"It's always a little crowded now," Commissioner Kay Hendrickson said, recommending additional signage directing traffic in and out of the drive-thru safely. "I think it's a good idea to put some kind of marking."

Rick Schroeder, vice president of construction for the property manager Robert Muir, said more patrons park in the Target parking lot north of the building and cross to Starbucks. The drive-thru is proposed for the east side of the existing building and allows for 10 stacking spaces as required by city code. City code also requires at least 10 parking spaces for the building based on its square footage.

"I don't think that's an unusual situation," Schroeder said, adding that Starbucks has reviewed and approved the plans.

Commissioners agreed to add a condition asking the property managers to install signs directing traffic and pedestrians walking across the two parking lots.

"After a while, people will get the hang of it, but in the beginning I think it'll be a free for all," Hendrickson said.

If approved by the council on Wednesday, May 22, the store will close during construction beginning in September and reopen around the holidays.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.