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Plans approved for Springfield’s 1st Starbucks shop, may open this fall

A building permit has been approved with the city of Springfield for a future Starbucks on Hillcrest Avenue, the first full store and drive-through for the national coffee shop in the city.

The permit calls for a 2,300-square-foot building at 1490 Hillcrest Ave. on a parcel adjacent to the existing Meijer store at the same address.

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The permit filed with the city lists the project’s value at $500,000. The store has a projected opening date in October, according to information on the developer’s website.

Gallas Zadeh Development, based in Columbus, is listed as the developer of the project. Officials from that company couldn’t be reached for comment. Greg Gallas, an owner of the development firm, told the Springfield News-Sun last year that the Seattle-based chain has been looking at a possible standalone store in Springfield off and on for a long time.

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Springfield has Starbucks kiosks on the Wittenberg University campus and in the Courtyard by Marriott downtown but not a standalone shop. The proposed store will have 32 parking spaces, a drive-through and a 300-square-foot outdoor patio, according to documents submitted to Springfield’s planning and zoning division.

The developer’s website says the store would be a freestanding Starbucks on the Meijer outparcel on Ohio 41 in Springfield. The website also highlight’s the area’s demographics, including an average 2015 household income of $35,255 and a 2014 population of about 60,000 people.

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According to the developer’s website, Gallas Zadeh Development was founded in 2010 and has developed more than 50 projects.

The company lists its other commercial projects including Grandview Crossing, a mixed-use development on more than 50 acres in Columbus set to open next year. The site also lists the Hamilton Commerce Center, a retail project in Gahanna expected to start construction this spring.

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