Michigan-based Biggby Coffee inks deal to open first Dayton-area location

Michigan-based coffee-shop chain Biggby Coffee has signed a lease to open its first Dayton-area location between downtown Dayton and the University of Dayton’s campus, officials from Oberer Realty Services announced Thursday Oct. 4.

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The new coffee shop will be located in The Flats at South Park, a new mixed-use project coming to the 400 block of Warren Street south of downtown and north of UD, Oberer officials said. Biggby Coffee will occupy a 1,505-square- foot end-cap space that will include a drive-through.

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The project offers 10,500 square feet of street-level commercial space. Cassano’s Pizza has signed a lease to occupy 2,000 square feet and plans to move its existing Brown Street restaurant to the new development, city records indicate.

“We are excited to bring this new tenant to the market,” developer Greg Thompson said in the Oberer release. “With this announcement, and Cassano’s Pizza currently under construction, the retail space is gaining momentum.”

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East Lansing, Mich.-based Biggby Coffee was launched in 1995 and now has 275 locations open or under contract in 10 states. Most of its Ohio locations are in the Toledo/northwest Ohio area, although a shop in Loveland, Ohio north of Cincinnati is listed as “coming soon” on the company’s web site.

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A spokesperson for Biggby’s said the new shop could open as soon as March of 2019.

This news organization has reached out to the franchise owners of the new Biggby’s Coffee shop and to a spokeswoman for the chain and will update this story with any new information.

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The Flats at South Park development includes first-floor retail with three floors of one- and two-bedroom apartments above;  the apartments are 100 percent occupied, Oberer officials said today. Phase II of the project will include a mix of single family homes, attached townhouses and residential flats. The developer plans to break ground on that phase next spring, Oberer officials said.

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