DECATUR — A Starbucks is expected to open Nov. 8 at 1910 S. Mount Zion Road in front of Rural King, a manager confirmed Tuesday.
The Starbucks store at West Mound Road is hiring more staff to prepare for the new location's opening, said Chonita Lynn, the store manager there.
The city of Decatur issued a building permit Tuesday to Starbucks that allows for new signs at the location.
IP Plaza, the landlord of the property, is co-owned by Decatur developer Tony Romano. He was not immediately available for comment.
The only freestanding Starbucks in the Decatur area is located in the Mound Center plaza near Target and Olive Garden. That location,
which opened in 2006, has a popular drive-thru where cars can frequently be seen lined up for service throughout the day.
Another Starbucks is located in the Target store.
The coffee store giant has been in the headlines lately. Last week company officials announced a $7 billion deal that gives Nestle the right to sell Starbucks products in grocery stores.
In April, the company responded to a public-relations blowup after a Starbucks store manager at a Philadelphia location called the police in response to two black men sitting in the store without having bought anything.
The two men were arrested, causing a public uproar. The men reached an undisclosed settlement with the company, and Starbucks has since changed several store policies after the incident.
See more Decatur-area business openings and closings
Castro's Tex-Mex Grill
Castro's Tex-Mex Grill is set to open this fall at 130 S. Oakland Ave.
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Kroger Fairview Plaza
The Kroger in Decatur's Fairview Plaza is closing at the end of August.
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Convey Health Solutions
Convey Health Solutions, 1505 W. King St., announced in late July that it would close in September, affecting 150 employees.
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BC Wings is opened in June on Grand Avenue in Decatur.
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PNC Bank in Decatur closed its South Shores branch, 500 W. Southland Drive, effective July 20.
The new Aldi grocery at 450 E. Pershing Road opened July 26.
Coronas Mexican Bar and Grill, 2350 S. Mount Zion Rd., closed in July, and the building is for sale.
Waterfront Cafe opened July 21 at 799 S. 22nd St., Decatur. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call (217) 330-7608.
Apollo Cafe opened June 1 at 1104 N. Main St. in Decatur. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and closed on Sundays. Call 217-330-6562.
Fence Post Cafe
The Fence Post Cafe opened July 9, at 119 W. Main St., in downtown Maroa. Hours are 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Full House, a gaming lounge and bar specializing in craft beer, opened in November at 103 W. Main St. in Maroa. Hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays.
GrassRoots Gro Center
Opening in the spring, GrassRoots Gro Center, located 5655 E. US-36, Suite A, is the area's newest indoor garden, farm and hydroponics store. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Go to
grassrootsgro.com, check them out on Facebook or call (217) 864-1820.
Tuscany Steak and Pasta House
Tuscany reopened at the former site of Rusty’s Bar & Grill, 3010 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Decatur.
Red Barn Kitchen opened Jan. 2 at Decatur Airport.
Mister Softee ice cream moved into a space at Overlook Adventure Mini Golf in spring 2018.
R:din Studios opened in January at 526 N. Water St.
Wisconsin-based Book World on Nov. 1 said it was closing all of its stores, including the one in the Hickory Point Mall in Forsyth. It opened there in 2012, filling the space vacated by Waldenbooks.
CherryBerry, S. Oakland St.
Where: 130 S. Oakland St.
When: Closing October 2017
Door 4 Brewing Co.
Door 4 Brewing Co., 1214 W. Cerro Gordo St., opened in 2017.
Location: 2509 E. Nelson Park Road
Details: Scheduled to close
T.J. Maxx at Hickory Point Mall
Opening: T.J. Maxx at Hickory Point Mall
Location:1146 Hickory Point Mall, Forsyth
Details: The T.J. Maxx in Brettwood Village Mall closed,
re-opening Sept. 21 at its new location at Hickory Point Mall.
Closing: Ted's Taters
Location: Overlook Adventure Mini Golf complex in Nelson Park
Details: Owner Kendall Peterson
said the restaurant will close Sept. 30. The adjacent CherryBerry restaurant will remain operational, although it is seasonal and closes in the winter.
Brass Horn Too
Opening: Brass Horn Too
Location 112 E. Prairie St., Decatur
Details: The space that formerly housed
Bell's Jewelry sells women's clothing, gifts, cards and stationary, home décor and gourmet foods.
Opening: Penelope Boutique
Location: 135 E. Prairie St., Decatur
outique/gift shop selling clothing, jewelry and other wares that opened in September
Opening: Spirit Halloween
1146 Hickory Point Mall, Forsyth
Details: The Spirit Halloween store is a seasonal costume shop that
opened in Hickory Point Mall in September. In prior years, it had operated out of spaces in the Northgate Shopping Center at Pershing Road and U.S. 51.
Where: One Main Place at 101 S. Main St., Decatur
Details: Ceased business in August
Opening: Comcast XFINITY
Where: 108 Barnett Ave., Forsyth
Announced in May, but not a specific date
Opened: Las Margaritas Where: 1745 Village Parkway in Mount Zion
Details: Mexican eatery opened in July. Arturo Reyes, Pachi Mortero and Julio Garcia previously worked for Reyes’ uncle at Coronas Mexican Bar and Grill at 2350 S. Mount Zion Road.
Dog Haus, a Pasadena, California-based restaurant chain
4405 E. U.S. Route 36, in the former Ruby Tuesday location empty since July 2016
Details: Announced in August, but not a specific date
Opening: Birmingham, Alabama-based
Hibbett Sports, a full-line sporting goods store
Where: Hickory Point Mall
When: Fall 2017
Knockerball Max, a game involving a single-chamber inflatable sphere with inner handles and adjustable shoulder straps Where: Hickory Point Mall
When: Fall 2017
Hickory Point Bank branch
Hickory Point Bank branch Where: 398 W. First Drive, South Shores, Decatur
Details: Scheduled to open in February 2018
Burrito Express, offering customized burritos Where: Hickory Point Mall
When: End of August 2017
Casey's General Store
Proposed: Casey's General Store Where: 111 E. Cox St., Forsyth
Details: Currently an empty lot; opening date not announced.
Closed: Baskin-Robbins Where: 3094 N. Water St., in Brettwood Village shopping center, Decatur
Details: Ceased business in July
The Lucy Loft and Co.
The Lucy Loft and Co. offers a place that can be rented by the public for meetings, events and parties. It is located at 1165 N. University Ave., inside the new home of Sista Girls and Friends. Those wanting to use the facility can reserve it by going to
tllac.com. For more information, call (217) 791-5177 or (217) 330-9775.
Paco's Sol Bistro is now simply Sol Bistro, following a change in ownerhsip. New owners are Paul Maisel, Cody Flanders and Mike Wilhoit. To stay on top of what is happening at Sol Bistro, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
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