Starbucks last week dedicated its newest Springfield shop as a "community store," according to company officials.
The Starbucks location at 2817 N. Kansas Expressway is the second in Missouri of the so-called community store concept, according to a news release. The first is in Ferguson.
"Starbucks community stores in the U.S. focus on helping provide economic opportunity in rural and urban communities through local hiring, creating dedicated space for communities to come together for events, partnering with local nonprofits and working with diverse contractors and subcontractors," officials said in the release. "They feature local artists and provide a unique in-store space for local events and programs."
The north-side Starbucks store in Springfield employs 24, features a mural by Springfield artist Sarah Rasul, plans to host local talent via open mic nights, live music and poetry, and intends to partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks and Springfield Dream Center on fundraisers.
The Starbucks store, located just south of Interstate 44 near a Walmart Supercenter, was built by Villa Rica, Georgia-based Caliber 1 Construction, with Godwin & Associates Architects & Engineers Inc. serving as project architect, according to past reporting. A shuttered Payless ShoeSource on the site was demolished to make way for the coffee shop.
Starbucks' website lists 19 Springfield locations, including shops inside supermarkets.
Art Zone LLC, Launch Virtual Learning Center and The Permit Shop relocated.