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South Fayette officially welcomes Starbucks to busy corridor

| Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, 3:09 p.m.
Randy Jarosz | For Trib Total Media
Starbucks Coffe is in business at South Fayette Crossing while Chipote isn't too far behind.

The Crossings at South Fayette, on heavily traveled Washington Pike near the Bridgeville Interstate 79 exit, officially welcomed its newest tenant last month.

Starbucks Coffee Co. hosted its grand opening, complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, balloons and a cake thanking South Fayette for welcoming it to the neighborhood.

The grand opening was a formal celebration — the coffee shop opened for business two weeks prior to the ceremony.

Store manager Ryan Dreher said he's excited to be a part of the community.

“Starbucks is all about people and encouraging community involvement,” he said. “We want to give to community programs where we can.”

This is Dreher's first management opportunity with Starbucks, and he's looking forward to the challenge of supervising a high-volume store, as the Collier/Heidelberg shop is.

“We have a prime location right by the highway, so we're expecting a similar outcome,” Dreher said.

Katherine Gester, a freshman at West Virginia Wesleyan College, was home for fall break when she came in the shop during the celebration. She said she wishes there was a Starbucks near her campus.

“If they had one, I'd stop there every day,” she said.

Police Chief John Phoennik rarely drinks coffee, but ordered a vanilla iced coffee for the celebration.

“It's great Starbucks moved into our community. It adds growth to our area to have a reputable company like Starbucks here,” Phoennik said.

Phoennik was a part of the South Fayette administrative staff in attendance for the ceremony, joining four other officers and township Manager Ryan Eggleston.

“We're looking for more commercial success and continued excitement from developers around Washington Pike and Route 50,” Eggleston said.

South Fayette Community Development Director Andrea Iglar said Chipotle, next to Starbucks, will be ready in the coming weeks. Other neighboring tenants will include a branch of Brentwood Bank, Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches and a “few other undisclosed eateries,” she said.

Aldi supermarket was the first business in the Crossings at South Fayette to open, in mid-January. The $6.5 million development ultimately will have three buildings, the developer has said.

Samson X Horne is a contributing writer to Trib Total Media. He can be reached at samson.x.horne@gmail.com.

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