In this undated product image provided by Starbucks, the company's new 40-year anniversary logo is seen on a cup at right. Other cups bearing the company's logo from over the years, from left, 1971, 1987, and 1992, are also shown. (AP Photo/Starbucks) NO SALES
SUMMERSIDE – The coffee business is about to heat up in this Prince County city as Starbucks gets set to open its first store.
APM announced earlier this year that their development team had reached a deal to bring the Starbucks to the Summerside marketplace on North Granville Street, on the former Holland College property. Their construction crews began work on the $1.7-million Northgate Plaza this spring, which also houses the Pita Pit franchise and a national brand retail store, which will be announced within weeks.
Since opening three new stores in Charlottetown over the past two years, Starbucks expansion into the Summerside marketplace is part of their strategic expansion into Canada’s Atlantic Provinces.
“These national franchises’ willingness to expand in the city displays strength and confidence in western P.E.I.’s largest municipality,” APM CEO Tim Banks says.
“The city of Summerside is an ideal place to do business and is ripe for future opportunities.”
Pita Pit opened its doors to the public on Aug. 1. Starbucks will open on the Aug. 2.