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July 29. 2014 8:14PM

Derry drive-through coffee shop gets green light to open

DERRY — Planning Board members recently approved the site plan for an Aroma Joe’s coffee shop, giving the green light to the  drive-through business.

The free-standing operation will be built on the former Pinkerton Tavern site at 13 Manchester Road, according to planning officials.

The town has a sales and purchase agreement with Witcher Builders, the developer of the site.

Planning Board members approved the site plan during a July 16 meeting.

“They got the site plan approval, so they’re all set to go,” said Planning Director George Sioras.

Plans call for beginning construction by late summer to early fall to complete the approximately 845 square foot facility before the start of winter, Sioras said.

Aroma Joe’s is a franchise operation that began on the Seacoast around 2000; the nearest shop is in Hampton.

“It’s mostly a coffee place; they’ll have some breakfast pastries, that type of thing,” Sioras said.

The Derry location will focus on drive-thru service, with walk-up service also available, company representatives said.

There will be a patio with a seating area, said Bill Stack, who is with the engineering firm Steven J. Smith & Associates.

Following a traffic study, a dual exit lane was incorporated into the design, Stack said. The drive thru will provide space for seven to eight vehicles to line up, he said.

hmcgee@newstote.com



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