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    Summit Coffee Co. to Open in Huntersville | The Sarver Group

    SUPPORT LOCAL!  Who loves a good cup of joe in the morning (or all day long?)  Well, Summit Coffee Co. plans to open a location in a new Huntersville development this spring, the company announced Thursday.

    The café, the seventh for the fast-growing Davidson-based company, will open in the Birkdale Landing development along N.C. 73 across from Birkdale Village. It is also the first franchise unit for Summit, and the location will be owned by a group including Brian Kiley, Michael Rock and Bill Whittington.

    This will be Summit’s third location in north Mecklenburg, joining the two in Davidson (in town and at the college). The coffee shop opened on Main Street in 1998 and became a wholesale roaster in 2016.

    Like its other cafés, Summit’s Huntersville location will offer a full specialty coffee and espresso bar, as well as a menu of wines and draft beers, in addition to locally sourced food products. The roughly 1,600-square-foot space is designed to have both significant indoor and outdoor seating. The Lake Norman-based ownership group also intends to host live entertainment.

    “We’ve been eyeing this Birkdale Landing spot for more than a year,” said Brian Helfrich, Summit Coffee CEO, in a press release. “Its proximity to residential and other great brands … will allow us to quickly ingratiate ourselves into a neighborhood sorely lacking a local coffee option. We have no doubt that Kiley, Rock and Whittington are going to lead this café with the same people-forward culture we’ve established in our 21 years in business.”

    This Huntersville café joins Summit’s quickly growing lineup, which also includes one in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood, plus two in Asheville and one in Chapel Hill. An eighth is expected this spring in another soon-to-be-announced Charlotte neighborhood.

    “We weren’t looking to open a Summit Coffee,” said Kiley, “but when the opportunity presented itself and we got to know the Summit team and learn more about it, we ran with it. We’re all excited to make an impact in our community, sell some great coffee and beer, and make this Summit location a must-visit café like Summit’s Davidson shop has been for us for years.”

    (Source: Lake Norman Publications)

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