Popular Austin suburb snags first Starbucks ever
It sometimes feels like a Starbucks shop is on every street corner in Austin. Yet there’s one suburb of Austin that hasn’t had a single Starbucks location — until now.
On Monday, February 13, Starbucks opened its first location in Dripping Springs, at 108 E. U.S. 290 West. “We look forward to serving the community of Dripping Springs,” a Starbucks spokeswoman says.
In December, city officials in Dripping Springs loosened signage restrictions for the new Starbucks, enabling the coffee shop chain to install more outdoor signs and use a digital screen for drive-thru ordering, according to the Dripping Springs Century-News.
“We don’t want a customer to come to Dripping Springs and feel that they got something less than or inferior to another store,” Owen Hutchinson, director of store development for Starbucks, said at a December meeting where the signage was discussed.
Under its agreement with the city, Starbucks must shut off illuminated outdoor signs when the Dripping Springs store is closed, the Century-News reported.
Starbucks is just one of several familiar restaurants coming to the Dripping Springs area, according to media reports. Among the other spots on tap for the Hays County suburb are Austin Java, Mama Fu’s Asian House, and Torchy’s Tacos.
Dripping Springs itself is home to more than 2,400 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but the surrounding area under the city’s jurisdiction has at least 30,000 residents. The Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce estimates the local retail trade area encompasses nearly 67,700 people.