Officials gathered at the Indian Creek Mall in Beatrice Tuesday to break ground on a new coffee shop in Gage County.
Construction is now underway on Scooter’s Coffee, which will be located near the intersection of Sixth Street and Industrial Row, directly north of Security First Bank.
Katie Kieffer, who will run the Scooter’s Coffee franchise in Beatrice, said she was excited to break ground on the new location, and is eager to open the shop.
“I’m just ready to hit the ground running, get this thing open and start meeting people,” she said. “That’s my favorite part of the whole thing, building relationships with the community, and it’s more fun in a smaller community.”
Permits for the location were issued in April, and Kieffer expects Scooter’s to be operational before the end of the year.
Plans to launch a Scooter’s in Beatrice were announced last October, after the Kieffer family was announced as a new Nebraska franchisee with Scooter’s Coffee last August.
Walker Zulkoski, director of the NGage economic development group, commended Kieffer for seeing the process through, despite several delays as officials worked with the city.
“These projects don’t happen overnight,” Zulkoski said. “There’s a lot of going back and forth and a lot of negotiations and things you have to jump through. We really appreciate Katie sticking through it.”
Kieffer is currently a manager at one of the Scooter's locations in Lincoln and will own and operate the store in Beatrice. She intends to relocate to Beatrice and work from the Scooter’s full time.
“We are so excited to open the store and finally be able to serve the community of Beatrice,” Kieffer said. “It’s taken quite a while, but it’s finally here and I can’t wait.”
The Scooter’s store will be a walk-in building with a drive-thru window.
In March, the Beatrice City Council vacated and replatted a lot into two smaller lots for the location.
Scooter’s Coffee is originally based out of Omaha, and has been serving coffee for around 17 years.
When in operation, the Beatrice location is expected to employ 10-12 people.