Seattle's Best Coffee to open drive-through stores in Metroplex

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Starbucks-owned Seattle's Best Coffee is bringing a smaller, drive-through-only concept to Dallas-Fort Worth, announcing Monday it plans 15 Metroplex locations this spring.

Separately, Starbucks plans to move its downtown Fort Worth location this fall from 404 Houston St. to the northeast corner of the Westbrook building, now under construction at 425 Houston St. as part of the city's new Sundance Plaza development.

Seattle's Best Coffee, which launched drive-thru-only stores in Seattle last fall, said it selected Dallas-Fort Worth for expansion because the area is one of the fastest growing and most populous markets in the country. Specific locations were not provided, but some are expected for Fort Worth.

Fourteen of the 15 locations will be company-owned. Each location will hire 10 employees, and a job fair is will be scheduled for early April, the company said.

"Texas has long been a part of our expansion plan and we are thrilled to finally bring Dallas-Fort Worth partners on board," said Frank Sica, Seattle's Best Coffee vice president and general manager, in the announcement. Starbucks acquired Seattle's Best Coffee in 2003.

The drive-throughs will offer a menu of "dashboard-friendly" food choices including coffee, dessert-inspired specialty coffee drinks, egg sandwiches and pretzel melts, and handheld "Anytime Pies."

In Fort Worth, Sundance Square said it has completed leasing all the retail space facing into the new Sundance Plaza, at Third and Main streets.

Starbucks will move into 1,739 square feet and will have a 431-square-foot patio. The coffee house has been in its current location for nine years.

"We have reached another milestone," said Sundance Square CEO Johnny Campbell.

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727

Twitter: @SandraBakerFWST

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