Groundbreaking Wednesday for Starbucks expansion |

Groundbreaking Wednesday for Starbucks expansion

Staff reports

Valley residents with a love of coffee can look forward to expanded career options next year — roughly 100 new jobs are expected to come to the Valley as result of the expansion of the Starbucks Carson Valley Roasting Plant and Distribution Center.

With the expansion, the center is expected to employee a total of about 350 people. The new jobs will include managers, supervisors, coordinators and distribution partners, according to Starbucks.

“It’s exciting for the county to see economic expansion,” said County Manager Larry Werner. “It brings more labor force and opportunities. We think it’s great.”

The $50 million expansion project will add roughly 720,000-square-feet to the warehouse and distribution center, located off of Johnson Lane, Starbucks said in a midnight Friday press release. The existing building is a 415,000-square-foot roasting plant and distribution center.

Starbucks’ original Douglas County roasting facility opened in 2003 as a 360,000-square-foot plant before expanding in 2005. It is located on a 100-acre site that Starbucks purchased for $4.6 million. Construction of the original facility cost about $40 million.

“The Starbucks Carson Valley Roasting Plant and Distribution Center has made a huge impact on the Douglas County economy since it was first opened,” Economic Vitality Director Lisa Granaham said in an email. “The Fortune 500 Company is one of the larger employers in the county.”

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for 2:30 Wednesday at the site, located at 252 Minden Way.

The project is expected to wrap up in summer of 2018.