STRATHAM — Starbucks has grande plans for Stratham as construction has begun on a new 2,200-square-foot restaurant in a local shopping plaza.
The coffee giant is building the free-standing shop with a drive-through at 20 Portsmouth Ave.
It’s located across the street from rival Dunkin’s at the entrance to the plaza owned by Northstar Properties that’s also home to Staples, Planet Fitness, and other small retailers.
The town’s planning board approved the project in January.
Site work began in mid-July. Construction has now started on the building, which is expected to be finished within the next couple of months, said Kenneth Knowles, principal of Eaglebrook Engineering & Survey LLC of Danvers, Mass.
Once construction is finished, Knowles said Starbucks will have a crew finish the interior work.
“We worked with the Stratham Planning Board to come up with a New England style design that the board felt would look good and fit within the town,” Knowles said. “The town of Stratham was very receptive and good to work with.”
After announcing early in 2018 that it would close 150 under-performing company-operated stores, Starbucks revealed in November that it planned to open approximately 2,100 net new stores globally this year.
The company expected to see revenue growth of 5 to 7 percent this year as well.