Print
Restaurants

Drift Coffee & Kitchen To Expand To Mayfaire

By Jessica Maurer, posted Apr 16, 2019
Drift Coffee & Kitchen, shown above at its location at Autumn Hall, plans to open at Mayfaire Town Center this summer. (Photo courtesy of Drift Coffee)
Michael and Ben Powell, owners of Drift Coffee & Kitchen in Dungannon Village at Autumn Hall and Ocean Isle Beach, plan to open a third location, this time at Mayfaire Town Center in the building currently occupied by Starbucks.
 
Michael Powell said the lease was signed in late January, but the brothers have held off on announcing the new location because the terms of the lease gave Starbucks up to one year to vacate the building. Powell said that he has received confirmation that Starbucks will be closing on May 11, allowing Drift to begin renovations in June.

Earlier this year, Renaissance Market developers said that Starbucks was moving into a newly constructed  outparcel building at the corner of Sir Tyler Drive and Military Cutoff Road, giving the relocated coffee shop a drive-thru.

“Because we’re taking over an existing coffee shop, a full build-out isn’t required, but we will be modifying the space to authentically fit our brand,” Michael Powell said about Drift's move.

Drift owners said that despite the short distance from their existing location at Autumn Hall off Eastwood Road, they believe a Mayfaire Town Center location will allow them to reach a broad customer base while maintaining their current business.
 
“It’s all about the ritualized visit,” Michael Powell said. “People want convenience, and we feel grateful for the opportunity to share what we do within this hub of commercial and professional activity.”
 
He said the Mayfaire location will be aesthetically different from the Autumn Hall location in order to make each space feel special in its own way.
 
“Our mission is to make people feel special by our three pillars: coffee and food, the people who serve it, and the space in which it’s served,” he said. “Cafés are hubs of connectivity, and we design our cafés to bring joy to our customers and motivate them to go out into the community and pass that on.” 
 
Drift Coffee & Kitchen is expected to open at 1005 International Drive by late summer.
 
Have a tip for Restaurant Roundup? Email us at: [email protected]
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Img 1576c1

What’s Next for Equity Investors?

Eddie Nowell - South Atlantic Capital Management Group
Jasonpathfinder3

Where to Live in Retirement Part 1: Considerations

Jason Wheeler - Pathfinder Wealth Consulting
Billhunter300x300 b&w

Is Your Phone Listening?

Bill Hunter - Wilmington Design Company

Trending News

In Wrightsville Beach, Office Building Sells For $1.3M

Cece Nunn - Aug 19, 2019

ILM Seeks Proposals For Another Aviation Services Provider

Christina Haley O'Neal - Aug 19, 2019

Pawsome News: New Pet Daycare And Retailers Opening In Wilmington

Johanna Cano - Aug 20, 2019

Public Forums Draw Questions About NHRMC's Future

Vicky Janowski - Aug 20, 2019

WHQR Announces New Board Members

Christina Haley O'Neal - Aug 20, 2019

In The Current Issue

Battleship Opens New Tour Section With Food Focus

An area landmark has a new tool for providing insight into the daily lives of the men who served aboard the World War II vessel....


Info Junkie: Girard Newkirk

CEO & Founder of KWHCoin, Girard Newkirk shares his top tech and informational tools....


A New Leaf: CBD, Hemp Products Lead To New Businesses

Last year's Farm Bill opened the door for hemp farming, producing and selling, and that's translated into numerous new businesses nationwide...

Book On Business

The 2019 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

WILMA's Leadership Accelerator
Power Breakfast - The H Word (June 13, 2019)
2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo Keynote Lunch - CEO, nCino, Pierre Naude`