A Starbucks coffee shop and the Dayton area's second Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt shop will open side-by-side this summer at 6252 Wilmington Pike, adding 30 to 35 jobs.
Starbucks will open late this summer in about 1,800 square feet in an addition to an existing building, a Starbucks spokeswoman said. Orange Leaf will open in mid-June in space that formerly housed a CiCi's Pizza shop, according to B.J. Patel, co-owner of the Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt franchise store. Patel co-owns six other Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt locations in the Cincinnati area, including shops in Oxford and West Chester.
The Starbucks spokeswoman said its newest Dayton-area location will include a drive-through and will hire about 20 employees. Patel said the Sugarcreek Twp. shop will hire 10 to 15 people. It will seat 50 to 60 inside and will share an outdoor patio with Starbucks, Patel said.
Patel said he is planning to open another Orange Leaf location, this one near the Dayton Mall, later this year. The Starbucks spokeswoman said the chain "is always looking for great locations to better meet the needs of our customers" but had no announcements to make of any other new southwest Ohio locations.
Starbucks operates more than two dozen locations in southwest Ohio. Orange Leaf opened its first Dayton-area location in the Town & Country shopping center in Kettering last year, under a different franchise owner. In addition to the West Chester and Oxford stores, Orange Leaf's Cincinnati-area stores include locations in Clifton, Harrison, Western Hills and Florence, Ky.
Sugarcreek Twp. Administrator Barry Tiffany said he welcomed the new development.
"That location has sat dark for way too long," Tiffany said of the former CiCi's space that has been vacant for nearly four years. "To have two top-notch business partners such as Starbucks and Orange Leaf will be a great benefit to this community, and their presence will help all of the businesses along Wilmington Pike."