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Scoot over Starbucks? National coffee franchise announces construction plans for Mexico, Mo.

Posted on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 8:38 am

The Scooter’s Coffee located at Broadway and Old 63 in Columbia was opened on Jan. 8, 2019. Photo by Barry Dalton

By Barry Dalton


Scooter’s Coffee, the Midwest startup that has been giving Starbucks a run for its money in Columbia and Jefferson City the past two years, is coming to Mexico.

The local franchise owners, Deena Parrish and Todd Lockhart, plan to build their new location at 2925 S. Clark St., across from the Commerce Bank on the north side of the new Homebank.

“The owners have ties to the area, as Todd worked for A.P. Green and Dawn Foods for over 15 years,” said Josi Orsi, senior manager of brand execution, in an exclusive interview with the Leader. “And [they] are excited to become reacquainted with Mexico.”

Scooter’s opened its first location in 1998 in Bellevue, Neb., and now has more than 300 locations in 20 states, according to its website. Headquartered in Omaha, it was founded by Don Eckles and Linda Eckles.

The target date for opening the Mexico location is August of this year with construction scheduled to begin soon. It will be a stand-alone structure based on the company’s “drive-thru kiosk model.”

“[I]n the next month or so–shooting for mid-May,” Orsi said.

The company’s website states the chain is “at the dawn of a strategic growth phase in the Midwest and nationwide.” It says it plans to build a number of new stores in 24 states in 2021.

“The state of Missouri is always a priority state for us to continue opening stores as it is close to our home-state of Nebraska and shares our Midwestern values,” Orsi added. “We also saw a need for specialty coffee in [Mexico].”

The franchise features a menu with an array of espresso beverages, single-origin coffee, fruit smoothies, Red Bull infusions, cold brews, baked-from-scratch pastries and breakfast options.

The company opened two stores in Columbia in 2019 and one in Jefferson City in 2020. It currently has 27 other drive-thrus in Blue Springs, Independence, Jackson, Kansas City, Kirksville, Lee’s Summit, Maryville, Raymore, Raytown, Rolla, Sedalia, Sikeston, Smithville, Springfield, St. Joseph, St. Peters and Warrensburg. A new store is also expected to open soon in Osage Beach.

The Mexico location will have about 15 employees in total once it becomes operational, Orsi said.