New development — Business is the first of several tenants to move into the new development

Starbucks has opened at the Old Mill Marketplace development, the first of several new businesses that will operate out of the new commercial center at the corner of Elliott Road and Highway 99W.

The highly-visible construction on the development has been in progress for several months and despite an exceptionally rainy season developer Stuart Brown said the project was only about a month behind schedule.

Now, development anchor Starbucks has begun operating as the first of six businesses in the first of the three buildings of the development.GARY ALLEN - Starbucks has opened as the first tenant of the Old Mill Marketplace development at Highway 99W and Elliott Road. Additional tenants will be opening in the coming months.

Brown indicated in the planning stage the location was being set as one of Starbucks’ ‘Evenings’ outlets that serves beer and wine and has a different menu than standard locations. However, plans shifted as the project moved forward and at present the location does not serve beer and wine.

Starbucks held its grand opening March 5 and is now open during normal operating hours from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Brown said another tenant, AT&T, is about 60 days out, “and the rest will start to fall into place after that.” Materials have been delivered and construction is ready to begin on the interiors of the other commercial spaces, Brown said.

While the future tenants are not solidified just yet, Brown hinted that they may include a taproom, growler and bottle shop, as well as a sandwich shop and ice cream store.

The first phase of the development has been in the works for the past year and construction was completed by Yorke & Curtis. Two commercial buildings were demolished for the new building: one was most recently You Do Doggie Wash and the other was Guild Mortgage.

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