CALIFORNIA CITY – Starbucks opened its doors to Cal City residents Oct 2, thanks to local officials and neighboring Starbucks employees who helped get the store running on schedule.
Off California City Blvd, the new store is located near the McDonald’s and Rite Aid. Of course, customers can stop by the drive-thru, but the store has also got its lobby up and running and plans to have full patio seating in the future. This location also runs completely off solar power and has a screen posted inside that will show how much energy the store is collecting and using.
Originally scheduled to open the last week of September, the District Manager Jerrod Washington said the opening was made possible through local public safety who helped inspect the store quickly.
“We couldn’t have done this without them,” Washington said. “They made sure we were up to code, had enough power and lighting.”
Washington and Rosamond Starbucks store manager Roxanne Larson came to Cal City to help new employees prepare and even served customers in the process.
Store manager Adam Manzo said he is ready to start building relationships with community members and give more back to Cal City than just coffee.
“Starbucks offers more than beverages,” Manzo said. “Starbucks gives back, and a lot of people are happy. They hope to see the community continue to build around the store.”
Though Manzo is from Lancaster, he says nearly all the employees are Cal City natives.
“The Lancaster store does a lot of work with the community, and we want to bring that here especially with business owners and military families, I’m excited,” Manzo said.
California City follows Rosamond where a new store opened over the summer, and before Mojave where a store is expected to open in January. There are also plans to open a second location in Ridgecrest as East Kern communities pick up in development.
The Cal City location is open seven days a week from 5:30am – 9pm, hours could change to be longer in the future depending on business reception. Manzo says there are plans for a community-focused grand opening to celebrate the new location.