New Starbucks with walk-up window would replace Atlas Tile plaza in Wethersfield

A developer has submitted plans to demolish the former Atlas Tile plaza in Wethersfield and build a new commercial site with a Starbucks drive-thru and walk-up window.

If approved, the developer would demolish the existing shopping plaza at 1862-1870 Berlin Turnpike and build a new, one-story 8,170-square-foot shopping center in Wethersfield’s Regional Commercial Zone. 

Built in 1967, the plaza sits on 1.5 acres and contains 14,600 square feet of commercial space between four storefronts 

The plaza is currently vacant except for El Pollo Guapo restaurant, which Town Planner Denise Bradley said is a popular local eatery. She’s hopeful the owners will relocate in town.

Plans call for a Starbucks coffeehouse to take up 2,600 square feet of the new plaza, leaving three more tenant spaces.

Starbucks would have a “typical drive-thru and interior floor plan,” along with a walk-up window, Bradley said.  

“This window is in response to the increase in mobile ordering and allows those orders to be picked up without having to wait in the drive thru or going into the Starbucks,” Bradley said.

The new concept has been seen in Starbucks stores in Boston and other cities, Bradley said.

Plans were submitted by property owner Berlin Turnpike 1862-1870 LLC, and principals Joseph A. Sullo and Sullo Investments, LLC., out of Hartford.

The Wethersfield Design Review Advisory Committee unanimously approved the proposal at the July 1 meeting, and the Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Commission is set to hear this proposal on Aug. 17.

The developers will likely bring the plans before the Planning & Zoning Commission in mid-September.

Contact Hanna Snyder Gambini at hgambini@hartfordbusiness.com.
 

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