Coffee lovers who grew accustomed to getting their caffeine fix on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Larch Street when Great Lakes Coffee and Chocolate was located there will soon be able to resume their routine – with a very familiar brand of joe.
franchisees and brothers Mohamed and Fathy Shetiah will open their 22nd location in the 2,200 square foot space on the ground floor of The Stadium District
building. The Shetiahs own BIGGBY stores in Lansing, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor and Toledo.
“When the space became available, they jumped on the opportunity,” says Katie Koerner, public relations assistant for BIGGBY COFFEE. “The Lansing area is BIGGBY country and I think people really respond positively to supporting homegrown businesses like BIGGBY.”
No opening date has yet been set for the new BIGGBY location and renovations will take place on the site. Koerner estimates the store will open in the fall, likely in October. Upon opening it will employ 12-15 new employees and feature a drive thru and free Wi-Fi.
“Just like our other locations in the area,” says Koerner, “it’s close to the fun attractions in downtown Lansing and makes a nice stop for those who work downtown.”
Koerner also notes that the new BIGGBY will be located just a block away from Paramount Coffee, the roaster of all BIGGBY’s coffee varieties.