By the end of the year, Niskayuna will have a freestanding, drive-thru Starbucks.
The town currently has a Starbucks in the main building occupied by ShopRite, which opened in 2011. The new Starbucks will occupy its own 1,750-square-foot building next to TD Bank in the same plaza. It will have a drive-thru and cafe seating.
IMCC St. James L.L.C., a subsidiary of private lender Inland Mortgage Capital Corp., announced Monday that it has signed a lease with Starbucks Corporation to occupy the new space as part of an ongoing, multimillion-dollar redevelopment of the shopping center.
“We’re pleased to offer Starbucks an expanded presence at ShopRite Square,” Inland Mortgage Capital Corp. President Art Rendak said in a news release. “With the opening of their new store, we will be continuing our extensive repositioning of ShopRite Square as a first-class retail facility.”
Shoppers should have better access to storefronts in the plaza under the new configuration. All town approvals are already in place for the new Starbucks and construction is expected to wrap up by the end of this year.
“The town of Niskayuna welcomes the new Starbucks as part of the continued success at ShopRite Square,” said Niskayuna Supervisor Joe Landry in the release. “This new building will be a great asset for the town and its residents.”
Additional parking will be added where the old Friendly’s used to stand. The Schenectady County Capital Resource Corp. provided a $35,000 grant toward the cost of acquiring and demolishing the old Friendly’s building.
Other additions to the square include a planned dialysis center, a restaurant and several new stores in the former CVS pharmacy building.