Hard hats and tractors were out in full force at the site of the half-built Starbucks plant. Economic Development Authority Executive Director Walter Sprouse says Starbucks will play a major role in bringing other new businesses to the Garden City.
Sprouse explains, "well the big thing with Starbucks coming here is: number one, it's two internationally recognized names Starbucks and Augusta. And it's a really good marriage of the two."
One that, next year this time, will employ more than140 people to roast, package and ship coffee products. And while 140 may not seem like much in quantity, Sprouse says the jobs will be quality.
"They're going to be good, quality, good paying jobs. They're going to be very competitive jobs," he says.
Most of them dealing with computers and technology Sprouse tells us. The type of job Richard Crawford says this area needs more of right now.
"We're actually losing businesses with them doing some construction and clearing out some property. It'll be a good thing for people losing jobs over it," Crawford says.
Crawford is a commercial truck driver and says that the availability of jobs like the ones at the Starbucks plant could get him and other truck drivers the opportunity to work closer to their families.
He adds, "truck drivers that are home for family purposes and being gone for so long, it'd be nice for us to have local jobs to have access to."
Both Sprouse and Crawford say they're looking toward seeing the big picture: Augusta as an international golf and coffee producing city.
Sprouse tells us the plant is on track to open late this Fall or early Winter.
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