Scooter’s Coffee has opened its first location in Chattanooga. The next drive-through kiosk on Highway 58 and more are planned in Hamilton County and northern Georgia.
A total of 10 to 15 locations are planned by Chattanooga franchisee Coffee Roots TN LCC, said Nikolay Timoshchuk Jr. his chief marketing officer.
“We’re rolling,” he said, citing the opening of the first scooter kiosk at 7318 Shallowford Road across from Waterside Shopping Center. While the first scooter went live on Jan. 5, the company plans to open on Saturday, Timoshchuk said.
He said opening it was “scary” during the coronavirus pandemic, but the company was taking the necessary precautions and he said the drive-through service offered customers security compared to restaurant seating.
Scooter’s was founded in 1998 and has more than 200 retail locations from Nevada to Florida. Most, however, are in the Midwest. The Chattanooga site is Scooter’s first in Tennessee, Timoshchuk said.
Founders Don and Linda Eckles opened their first drive-through coffeehouse in Bellevue, Nebraska and, according to their website, have expanded with the goal of offering “high quality drinks, speed of service and a big smile.” The brand name comes from the co-founder’s daughter who was nicknamed Scooter.
Timoshchuk said it was slated to start work on 4631 Highway 58 across from CVS Pharmacy in about two weeks. He expected it to open in late April or early May. Then, he said, work on the next unit should begin in the middle of the year.
More kiosks are to follow in Collegedale, Ooltewah, Hixson, East Brainerd and northern Georgia, Timoshchuk said. He said another franchisee was in Cleveland, Tennessee, and noted that Coffee Roots TN LLC has the area south of Exit 11 off Interstate-75.
The location on Shallowford Road is 500 square feet and offers a drive through service, the company official said. He said other locations could have a walk-up service.
Each location employs 15 to 20 people, including a branch manager, Timoshchuk said.
So far, the deal on Shallowford Road has been “phenomenal,” he said. The kiosk is open on weekends from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“The support we’ve seen in such a short time makes us even more excited about the many upcoming locations,” said Timoshchuk. “We take great pride in having a wide variety of jobs in one place where we are at home. Scooter’s Coffee embodies the core values of integrity, love, humility and courage, which is why we think Chattanooga is a great city for this special company.”
In Chattanooga, there was a spate of drive-through coffee locations open or scheduled during the pandemic.
Starbucks opened a new coffee shop on Signal Mountain and Mountain Creek streets earlier this month.
Michael Mansson, development director of Ziff Properties in Charleston, South Carolina, said the Starbucks has both dine-in and drive-through functions.
The Sunnyside Cup opened a new coffee-to-go location on Signal Mountain Road last year.
Meanwhile, Dunkin ‘has opened its first thoroughfare in the area at 3300 Broad St.
According to official figures, Peet’s Coffee plans to open the company’s only standalone drive through location in the country this year on a former drive through on ML King Boulevard and Pine Street.
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