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$800,000 Med City land deal clears way for a venti name in coffee to build a new Rochester shop

Rochester-based CR22 Inline purchased 1.25 acres of open land at 2407 Commerce Drive NW for $816,780 on Monday with a plan to build a 2,255-square-foot Starbucks Coffee shop on the spot.

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Rochester-based CR22 Inline, LLC, purchased 1.25 acres of open land at 2407 Commerce Dr. NW for $816,780 on Monday with the plan of building a 2,255-square-foot Starbucks Coffee shop on the spot. Widseth Architects / North Rock Real Estate
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An $800,000 real estate deal clears the way for a venti name in the world of caffeine to brew up a new northwest Rochester coffee shop.

Rochester-based CR22 Inline, LLC, purchased 1.25 acres of open land at 2407 Commerce Drive NW for $816,780 on Monday. CR22 bought the property from Northwest Investments of La Crosse, LLC, the Kwik Trip-related firm that developed Rochester's Costco commercial area.

The parcel is sandwiched between the Tap House West End to the north and the First Alliance Credit Union/Moka/Great Harvest Bread Co. center to the south. Both are along West Circle Drive Northwest.

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That spot is where an IHOP restaurant had been planned, but that project was scrapped in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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North Rock Real Estate represented the buyer in the deal as well as managing CR22 Inline’s development planned for the site. North Rock is owned by Rochester natives Jeff Brown, Mike Zirbes and Collin Nash.

The acquisition sets the stage for the construction of a 2,255-square-foot Starbucks Coffee shop. The plan is for TLS Construction to break ground on the project on Monday. Widseth is in charge of the architecture and civil engineering duties.

Given the popularity of coffee shops these days, it’s not unexpected that another Starbucks will be added into the Rochester mix.

That particular spot seems like an unusual choice given how close it is to nearby Moka Coffee, Dunkin’ Donuts and Caribou Coffee locations.

However, a glance at the long lines at the drive-through windows of those businesses on most mornings answers that question.

Many believe the Med City thirst for coffee and related caffeinated drinks is unlimited. This project may put that belief to the test.

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