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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.

Starbucks, founded in 1971, has more than 28,000 locations

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Contact Tom Lisi at (217) 421-6949. Follow him on Twitter: @tommylisi


Decatur Reporter

Decatur reporter for the Herald & Review.

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