AtmoreWind Creek Atmore (WCA) will celebrate groundbreaking for a Starbucks just off I-65 near the casino in January.
According to a news release issued Monday, Jan. 6, construction is scheduled to begin in March, with plans for a fall grand opening. The Atmore location is projected to draw an additional 300 cars and 750 customers daily from I-65 Exit 57.
“I see this as a great opportunity to introduce travelers to Wind Creek, the Poarch Creek Indians and the town of Atmore,” commented WCA Property Manager Tim Ramer. “Starbucks will provide a well-respected, international brand to residents of Escambia and surrounding counties.”
The 2,000-square-foot, stand-alone facility will offer convenient drive-through service, seated dining and a full retail store across the street from the Creek Convenience Store (The Smoke Shop) on Poarch Road, adjacent to the Spa at Wind Creek.
The destination will occupy a prime location for coffee lovers; the nearest Starbucks along the I-65 corridor are north 113 miles in Prattville and south 47 miles at Springhill Avenue in Mobile.
Starbucks now reportedly operates over 30,000 locations worldwide. The coffee chain’s robust menu offers a variety of popular hot and cold drinks made with Starbucks brand roasted coffees and espressos, Teavana teas, fresh juices and bakery items such as pastries and hot breakfast sandwiches.
The project is expected to create 20 or more permanent jobs for in addition to numerous temporary construction jobs.