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SUTHERLIN, Ore. - The city of Sutherlin opened it's very first Starbucks on Friday, January 5. City officials and residents alike said they're excited to see what kind of opportunities the new business brings the town.
The new business is located on 1625 W. Central Avenue, just off of I-5. With a big sign high in the sky, you can't miss it.
Sutherlin's Mayor, Todd McKnight, said he's hoping this brings people off of the freeway and into town.
”Starbucks is a well known company, so if people get off I-5 well then they might buy some gas, they might get something to eat, they go into town, so it gets them in our community, and so that’s very big for us," said McKnight.
He also said he was happy about the jobs it will be providing, which is currently nearly 30.
KEZI spoke to the owners of the White Horse Coffee & Tea Company, a local coffee shop. Leo and Kristin Lusk, the owners, said they're thrilled about Starbucks coming to town. They think it's so important to always be pushing to have more businesses in the area.
”I’m really happy that we’re bringing more people and more businesses into the area," said Kristin Lusk.
They said they're not worried about being pushed out. They feel that coffee companies each attract their own specific crowd.
”There’s no competition between coffee companies. Every coffee company roasts differently, and people have a choice," Kristin Lusk said.
Overall, the community is excited, and McKnight said he hopes this is an eye opener to other businesses that Sutherlin has a lot to offer and is a great place to open shop.