Starbucks coming to Salem Road

ATLANTA – Halpern Enterprises has announced two new freestanding Starbucks stores under development by its build to suit division led by Vice President Marc Kirchhoff, CCIM. One is being built at the intersection of Salem Road and Ellington Road in Conyers, and the second is being built in Griffin.

The location on Salem Road saw significant challenges, as the county had placed a moratorium on sanitary sewer discharge.

“Some communities reach limits where they need to reevaluate their infrastructure and capacities,” according to Kirchhoff, “but after several months we were successful in obtaining the authorization required to make the Starbucks store a reality.”

Another challenge in Conyers was the inability to secure a curb cut on Salem Road, the main thoroughfare. Halpern’s team created a shared access drive with a neighboring restaurant to create proper circulation and easy ingress and egress for customers, including the required stacking for cars in the Starbucks drive thru lane.

The 2,200-square-foot Starbucks in Conyers is scheduled to open in spring 2018.

The Starbucks at North Griffin Square shopping center is scheduled to open this summer and will be the only freestanding location in Griffin.

As for future projects, Kirchhoff said Halpern seeks restaurants and retailers who want to expand their brands through expert site selection, development, and construction services designed to meet their specific goals.

“We’re helping Starbucks expand their footprint one store at a time,” said Kirchhoff. “We go into markets, find the right site, and go through the permit and entitlement process so we can build stores for our clients.”