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Plan Commission approves proposal for Starbucks to return to Wisconsin Rapids

Renderings show what the proposed Wisconsin Rapids Starbucks location could look like.
Renderings show what the proposed Wisconsin Rapids Starbucks location could look like.(City of Wisconsin Rapids Plan Commission packet)
Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 11:12 AM CST
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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAW) - The Wisconsin Rapids Plan Commission unanimously approved a plan for Starbucks to return to 8th Street at its meeting Monday night.

The proposal states a new building will be constructed between KCF/Taco Bell and Checkers. The current buildings will be demolished to make way for the new coffee shop.

The recommendation for approval included the following conditions:

  • Parcels 3411723 and 3411724 shall be combined prior to the development construction.
  • Applicable right-of-way permits shall be obtained, to be reviewed and approved by the Department of Public Works.
  • An exterior lighting plan shall be submitted for review and approval by the Community Development Department
  • All applicable building and stormwater permits through the City of Wisconsin Rapids and other jurisdictions, such as the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, shall be obtained.
  • The Community development department shall have the authority to approve minor modifications to the plans.

The building will be 2,400-square feet and will have a drive-thru. It’s expected to employ 20-30 full-time and part-time employees.

The common council still needs to approve the plans. They’ll meet on Jan. 19.

A timeline for development was not immediately available.

The Wisconsin Rapids Tribune states the previous Starbucks store closed in July 2008 after only opening about a year prior.

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