Starbucks Coming to the Downtown Plano Arts District

Starbucks will be making its way to historic Downtown Plano this November. Plano business owner Nathan Shea and son-in-law Hunter Holt are partnering together to operate and manage this location, ensuring local ownership through Eastside Coffee Operators, LLC (ECO). ECO is an approved licensee by Starbucks to operate and manage Starbucks locations. 

Nathan and Hunter have made plans for this Starbucks to be located inside the original Plano Ice House building, built prior to the 1950s and incorporated into the design of the four-story Urban Oil & Gas building. Urban Rio currently occupies the first and second floors, and Rooftop Event Spot occupies the fourth floor, all of which were started by the Shea family. The guys plan to integrate the look and feel of the historic ice house into the coffee shop.

Starbucks being built inside the original Plano Ice House // photos Jennifer Shertzer
Starbucks being built inside the original Plano Ice House // photos Jennifer Shertzer

The Downtown Plano Starbucks will offer the full coffee and espresso menu customers know and love, including fresh food options and nitro on tap.  

“We are very excited to be a part of bringing a globally recognized brand, such as Starbucks, to the Downtown Plano community,” said Hunter. He and Nathan believe that the coffee shop will not only increase the amount of visitors coming to the downtown area but also benefit many of the area’s restaurants and business owners because of the widely recognized brand that Starbucks conveys. 

Editor’s note: This Starbucks location will be open for business beginning on Nov. 29 at 6 a.m.

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