By the end of 2021, Summit Coffee Co. will have seven locations in North Carolina.
- And by the end of 2022, the coffee chain will have 17-19 locations in all, including some outside of the state.
Why it matters: It’s cool when things start in the Charlotte area expand outside our bubble.
Flashback: The coffee chain started as a small shop on Main Street in Davidson in 1998 and became a fixture for college students and locals there. It expanded onto nearby Davidson College in 2013 and in downtown Asheville in 2017.
Co-owner Brian Helfrich told Emma that without the drive-thru, expansions would’ve stopped at that point. “It ultimately helped save the business,” Helfrich said.
- In December 2020, Summit’s first Charlotte location landed in NoDa.
Then they started franchising: The first franchise location opened in Huntersville this past spring. Another is under development on The Plaza in Charlotte, and that’ll be owned by Davidson graduate Will Funderburg and his wife, Eleanor.
Later next spring, they’ll open a location in Mooresville.
Then, the world? Not out of the question, seeing as they’re aiming to open 10-12 more locations next year.
Their first location outside of North Carolina will be in Roswell, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta.
The address is: 4265 Piedmont Row Dr.