New Starbucks set to open

Kingsville’s new Starbuck’s location at the intersection of General Cavazos Boulevard and U.S. Highway 77 officially opens on March 9.

After more than a decade since its last store’s closure, Starbucks returns to Kingsville next week with a grand opening at the franchise’s new location near the intersection of Hwy 77 and Gen. Cavazos Boulevard.

“We’re really excited about the grand opening,” Manny Salazar, president and CEO of the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce, said. “Any time a new business comes to our town, it’s a sign of strength for our community and that people outside of our town are recognizing the potential our community and are willing to invest in it.”

Salazar said the project, which broke ground in summer 2019, had been in the works for at least a couple of years. It is not the first Starbucks in Kingsville, however, though the previous store closed in 2008. Another store opened at Texas A&M University-Kingsville a couple of years later, but does not feature the full menu offered at larger locations.

The location next to the highway, in-between IHOP and Holiday Inn Express, is not only a “great asset” for locals, Salazar said, but also will help bring in out-of-town travelers.

“We have nearly 30,000 cars coming through Hwy 77 and I-69 every day,” he said. “And we’re giving them more and more reasons to stop in Kingsville, pull over, spend some money and help our local tax base as opposed to somebody else’s.”

The store is currently training its staff ahead of the grand opening set for Monday.

“They had a lot of people apply,” Salazar said. “Double what they needed to work in the store, so it’s been exciting.”

While the store will be opening to the public beginning at 5 a.m., the official grand opening will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 9.

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