The rumors are true: Dutch Bros. coming to WL
West Linn residents will soon have a new place to get their caffeine fix.
Dutch Bros. Coffee has plans to move into the old Jack In The Box building at 1865 Blankenship Road, and representatives met with West Linn staff members in a pre-application meeting at City Hall this morning. Dutch Bros. representative Hillary Brown confirmed the plans and said the new store is targeting a grand opening in the first quarter of 2019.
"The new store in West Linn is part of our planned expansion, which will increase in the next few years," Brown said in an email. "We recently partnered with TSG, a private equity firm, with the goal of having about 800 stores in the next five years."
The former Jack In The Box property is adjacent to another much-discussed vacant parcel — the old Albertsons/Haggen building. West Linn Community Development Director John Williams said the City is always excited about the prospect of filling vacant commercial land, but particularly when it's something that is already generating noticeable buzz around town.
While the land use process has yet to be completed, the building is already showing off the trademark Dutch Bros. blue roof and trim on its exterior.
"People seem to want this use, that's for sure," Williams said. "There's been a lot of excitement. Someone said they were getting their haircut and saw three different people taking pictures in front of the building."
— Dutch Bros. was founded by brothers Dane and Travis Boersma (who are of Dutch descent) in Grants Pass, Oregon in 1992.
— It is now known as the country's largest privately-owned drive-thru coffee company, with 325 stores in seven states: Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, California, Colorado and Idaho.
— There are currently 152 stores in Oregon.