LUMBERTON — Ground is scheduled to be broken on Monday in North Lumberton for construction of a building that will be home to a Starbucks, considered the most popular coffee house in the world, and two other restaurants.
P.H. Development, a Raleigh-based development company, will construct a 7,000-square-foot plaza off of Jackson Court to house a Starbucks and Firehouse Subs. It will be located near the Shogun and Chic-fil-A restaurants
Rob Hicks, of P.H. Development, said his company would own the building and lease space to the tenant businesses. He estimated the cost of the purchase of the 1.03-acre track and the construction of the building at about $3 million. He said the plaza would accommodate about 70 parking spaces.
Hicks said Lumberton will be the only location in North Carolina with a Starbucks directly off of Interstate 95.
“We are looking for growth opportunity in small markets in the Carolinas and Virginia,” Hicks said of his company’s business strategy.
Hicks estimated that construction would be done by early June, and that the tenant businesses would be open by early f
Starbucks, which already has restaurant in Robeson County at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, is a Seattle-based global franchise that opened its first restaurant in 1971. There are more than 17,651 locations across the world. Starbucks offers coffee, blended beverages, merchandise, fresh food and other consumer products. According to the Starbucks web site, the business believes in the “ethical sourcing of products, environmental stewardship and community involvement.”
The Firehouse Subs franchise was founded in Jacksonville, Fla,. in 1994. There are more than 600 locations in 33 states. According to its web site, the restaurant offers sandwiches with “the best meats, cheeses and toppings.”
Hicks said that P.H. Development is negotiating with another restaurant but that he was not ready to name it publicly because no contract has been signed.
P.H. Development owns about 15 shopping centers in places such as Wilmington, Jacksonville and Durham.