New Starbucks

Contractors with Rawhide Electric Monday prepared property off of Washington Way in Longview for a new business complex that will include a Starbucks.

Longview’s seventh Starbucks is under construction on Washington Way, where it will be a part of a two-business complex.

Once complete, the building will be 3,400 square feet. There isn’t another tenant lined up yet, but it’s likely the space will be occupied by a personal service or professional offices, said John Brickey, Longview’s community development director.

The city doesn’t have an estimate yet on when the construction will be complete, Brickey said, but projects this size generally take between six months and a year to finish. The lot has already been under construction for about a month after receiving permits in December.

Brickey said the Longview-Kelso area seems to be a strong market for the Seattle-based coffee chain, which has standalone locations and others inside box stores like Target, Fred Meyer and Safeway.

“They all seem to do well,” Brickey said. “As long as they keep doing well, (I say) keep bringing them.”

Ann Lucas, general manager at Red Leaf Coffee in Longview, said the Longview-Kelso area is a good market for coffee, no matter the size of the chain. Lucas said most coffee shops offer their customers something different, and that she sees Starbucks’ presence as an addition to the community rather than competition.

“Each coffee shop has their specialty items,” Lucas said. “We don’t really see it as competition, but rather they offer something different than we do.

Lucas also said the market for coffee shops in the area is strong right now and that it’s a business where customers appreciate diversity in options.

“We believe that Cowlitz County can support more coffee in this area,” Lucas said.

The Starbucks on Washington Way will have a drive-through lane and would be the only major coffee shop in that part of town.

Pucci-Davis LLC is listed as the property owner, according to city records. Eric Pucci, who could not be reached for comment Monday, is a real estate agent in Longview.

Brickey said the city estimated the value for the complex alone at $650,000, which he said is likely to increase once another tenant becomes official.

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