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A Midwestern coffee chain is entering the Central Florida market as part of its national expansion plans, and there are opportunities for landowners, contractors and professional service providers.

Omaha, Neb.-based Scooter's Coffee has signed an Area Development Agreement with Atomic Management Group LLC of Titusville to open 15 Scooter's Coffee stores in the region.

Atomic is owned by Mike Walker and Tom LeLievre, who said the first store is currently under construction in Rockledge and should be open by mid-September.

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"It's a kiosk that will be drive-through only. There will be no inside seating," said LeLievre.

Atomic is in preliminary discussions with Seminole County planners to locate a store on the northwest corner of U.S. Highway 17-92 and Garden Edge Point, in Fern Park.

"We obviously have our contractors for the Rockledge site, but we will be taking bids for contractors and professional services as we move forward with the other 14 sites," said LeLievre.

The Fern Park store is proposed to be a 1,200-square-foot building with a drive-through and indoor seating. American Civil Engineering is advising Atomic on that site.

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"That's one of the characteristics of Scooter's is to have a drive-thru at every location," said LeLievre. "One of the things that makes them special is that they serve customers in 20 to 30 seconds."

LeLievre said he hopes to start construction in early 2017 on the Fern Park store. His firm is looking for other locations to build Scooter's. The land needs to be about 0.5 acres in size to accommodate a store with indoor seating, and it must have drive-thru capabilities. A kiosk store with drive-thru only needs about 18 parking spaces in a shopping center.

"The site needs to have a minimum of 25,000 cars per day on the morning side of the traffic pattern because most of the business is done prior to 11 a.m.," said LeLievre. "All of the proposed sites have to get approval from Scooter's corporate."

Scooter's has 140 stores in 11 states, and the company opened its first store in Florida on July 22 in Cape Coral. The company sells coffee and tea beverages, along with smoothies, breakfast sandwiches and pastries. Scooter's also roasts all its coffee in Omaha, Nebraska.

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