The Dutch Bros. Coffee stand now under construction in Kennewick is an expansion of the upbeat Oregon coffee brand, not a replacement for a nearby stop.
Jennifer Wheatley, spokeswoman for Grants Pass-based Dutch Bros, said the location being built at 3918 W. Clearwater Ave. is a new outlet. It is expected to open in early November. It will augment the busy 24-hour Dutch Bros. just down the street at 4305 W. Clearwater.
A Dutch Bros. location typically employs 25 to 35.
7 locations in Tri-Cities
25-35 Employees per store
$350M system-wide sales
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The new drive-through will be the fourth for Kennewick and the seventh overall for the Tri-Cities. There are two Dutch Bros. locations in Pasco and one in Richland.
Wheatley said the Kennewick locations are currently owned by Dutch Bros, which bought out a former franchisee.
It is in the process of transitioning ownership to veteran employees under its policy of only franchising from within the company.
Travis Boersma and his late brother Dane founded Dutch Bros. in 1992, seeking to diversify from the family’s struggling dairy business. The privately held company and its partners operate more than 260 shops in seven states. Its 2016 system-wide sales were reported at $350 million.
Fiery Foods Festival-ahoy
Satisfy hot and spicy food craving at the annual Fiery Foods Festival.
The annual Pasco event is 11a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Lewis Streets in downtown.
The 2017 event includes a salsa contest and new this year, a competition between four area chefs. There will be music, dancing, a beer garden and family friendly activities.
Visit fieryfoods.org for details.
Today’s Pasco Farmer’s Market in downtown Pasco is canceled because of the unhealthy air quality.
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