Two long-awaited businesses are moving forward in the City of Williams, as the Love’s Travel Stop and Starbucks projects received their building permits from the city last week.
“It’s a good day for Williams, and a good day for the rest of the county,” said City Administrator Frank Kennedy.
Kennedy added that work is already underway at one of the locations.
“Actually, as we speak, Love’s has some earth-movers out there and is ready to go,” Kennedy said on Monday morning. “They’ve indicated to us that from the day they break ground until the day that they open their doors will be 250 days.”
Assuming all goes according to plan, that puts the Love’s Travel Stop – envisioned as the cornerstone of the city’s Marguerite Street Project – on pace to open by late summer, sometime in mid-August.
“If we get Love’s open, it will be good for not only the City of Williams but the entire county,” Kennedy said.
The Love’s Travel Stop will be constructed on 11.15 acres, located at the southwest corner of Marguerite St. and Highway 20. The proposed project would include a fuel dispensing area with 22 fueling positions for diesel and gas.
The project would also include a 13,582 square-foot convenience store with attached restaurant space, and a separated 6,322 square-foot tire shop.
As for the Starbucks, Kennedy said that he believes the property owner wants to get going as soon as possible.
“They want to break ground before Christmas, but they still have to make a bunch of arrangements,” Kennedy said. He added that from the time ground is broken, it would take somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 days before Starbucks opens its doors to the public.
“The build should be about 120 days, and maybe 30 days for the interior to get everything going,” Kennedy said.