BURLINGTON — Starbucks is on the way, the world’s largest coffee retailer has confirmed.

Starbucks will open a new store this fall at Fox River Plaza in a three-unit outlot building now under construction at 1054 Milwaukee Ave.

“Starbucks is always looking for great locations to better meet the needs of our customers, and we are happy to confirm that we will be opening a new location on Milwaukee Avenue and Falcon Ridge in Burlington” a Starbucks spokesperson told the Journal Times in Racine Wednesday.

The opening is expected this fall.

A 6,200-square-foot, multi-tenant retail building is under construction at the far end of the parking lot near the Big R store, 1058 Milwaukee Ave., and next to Associated Bank at 1050 Milwaukee Ave.

The location was the former Le Grand Coffee Company building, which closed last June and was demolished for the project.

Starbucks is the first tenant to be announced for the retail building being developed by GMX Real Estate Group of Northbrook, Ill. The plan includes a drive-thru window, dedicated drive-up lane and two patios potentially for outdoor dining at both ends of the development. GMX plans to connect the Fox River Plaza parking lot with the adjacent Kohl’s Department Store lot to provide more flexibility with parking.

“I’m excited,” Mayor Jeannie Hefty told the Journal Times, “because whenever you draw a popular business like Starbucks to your community, it’s considered, I feel, an honor because they don’t locate in every city.”

Hefty said she thinks Starbucks’ arrival could lead to more national business chains choosing to set up shop in Burlington

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