Cof­fee chain still eval­u­at­ing pos­si­ble Galt kiosk lo­ca­tion

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Local/state - By Jennifer Bon­nett

GALT — If the Ore­gonbased Dutch Bros cof­fee chain has plans of lo­cat­ing here, it is still at least a year and a half away, ac­cord­ing to a com­pany spokesman.

Still, res­i­dent in­ter­est is ap­par­ent from var­i­ous Face­book posts af­ter the com­pany re­cently went on­line with pos­si­ble news about a lo­cal lo­ca­tion.

In­ter­est was piqued in Septem­ber when Dutch Bros Elk Grove posted a sur­vey on Twit­ter ask­ing fol­low­ers where the com­pany should lo­cate a kiosk in Galt. Hun­dreds weighed in, with the ma­jor­ity rec­om­mend­ing it be built on Twin Ci­ties Road.

“As far as we are aware, they have not found a suit­able lo­ca­tion in Galt,” City Man­ager Gene Palazzo said.

Staff met with the Dutch Bros Elk Grove fran­chisee about a year ago re­gard­ing a Galt lo­ca­tion, ac­cord­ing to city of­fi­cials.

At the time, he was in the pre­lim­i­nary stages of lo­cat­ing a site in Galt with no set time­line for open­ing, ac­cord­ing to Palazzo. “The fran­chisee shared with us that he had two more lo­ca­tions in the planning stages in Elk Grove, which were first pri­or­ity,” he said.

Since then, the cof­fee com­pany opened its sec­ond lo­ca­tion there in Au­gust. The first opened right off High­way 99 and Elk Grove Boule­vard in Fe­bru­ary 2015.

Ear­lier this month, Amie Men­des, the City of Galt’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment man­ager, reached out via email to the Dutch Bros fran­chisee in Elk Grove for an up­date, but have yet to hear back, ac­cord­ing to Palazzo.

And, noth­ing for­mal has been filed with the City of Galt.

“Noth­ing for Galt has come to my of­fice yet, which means if it is a search area of ours, it is still at least a year and a half out,” spokesman Will Gahringer wrote in an email Mon­day.

He also en­cour­aged res­i­dents to stay tuned to their lo­cal Dutch Bros so­cial pages for the most up to date in­for­ma­tion.

Mean­while, the de­vel­oper of the new Galt Star­bucks site has com­pleted the shell of its build­ing off Twin Ci­ties Road and High­way 99, but has yet to start the in­te­rior, Men­des said.

There is no an­tic­i­pated open­ing date for Star­bucks at this time, but she es­ti­mates pos­si­bly early spring at the lat­est.

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