Starbucks is placing a bet on Southside, just as Richmonders ponder whether to OK a casino across the street.
The Seattle-based coffee giant plans to open a new cafe at 4320 Commerce Road in South Richmond, which would be opposite the proposed site of Urban One’s $600 million resort casino.
The cafe, which will feature a drive-thru and employ 30 people, is expected to open this winter, a company spokeswoman said last week.
The Starbucks will occupy 2,500 square feet of a roughly 9,500-square-foot new building, according to site plans filed with the city.
Those plans suggest multiple tenants would occupy the remainder of the building, and signage examples indicate that Subway would be among them. Subway didn’t respond to a request for comment last week.
The property is owned by an LLC tied to Elite Management Group in Richmond, according to city property records.
A building that housed a Subway at the property has been demolished and construction has begun on the new building.
The Southside Starbucks is among several new or upcoming local outposts of the coffee retailer.
Richmond voters will weigh in on Urban One’s casino proposal in a referendum in November.