Drive-thru Starbucks to open on Boulevard

Posted at 4:17 PM, Oct 01, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-01 16:25:52-04

Construction is underway on Boulevard. Photos by Michael Thompson.

RICHMOND, Va. — A Fan landlord is pushing farther down the Boulevard.

Developer Charlie Diradour said he has lined up a Starbucks and a new beer retailer at 1017 N. Boulevard.

“I’m glad to be investing in the city again,” Diradour said. “We need more developers to be doing one-offs on the Boulevard.”

Construction at the former Kangaroo gas station began last week. Diradour bought the half-acre parcel in March for $675,000 from Boddie-Noell Enterprises Inc.

The Boulevard Starbucks will have seating as well as a drive-thru window. Plans include 23 parking spaces.

And next door, Reed Carter plans to open Growlers to Go in December.

“I saw a concept like this in Georgia and South Carolina – small stores that focused on draft beer in growlers,” Carter said. “I thought, ‘God what a neat idea.’”

Growlers to Go plans to have 55 beers on draft and 150 different kinds of bottled beer. The shop will have a limited wine selection along with non-alcoholic drinks (like root beer) on tap.

Carter, 67, said he expects to spend less than $200,000 to open. And he’s financing the venture with a loan from Bank of America and savings.

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