UPDATE JUN 19, 2023
In April 2022, we told you that Starbucks was planning a location in Benton on the north side of Interstate 30. Since that announcement, we’ve heard you asking on a weekly basis when it would be open.
We finally have a definitive answer. Today. It’s open today. The inside is open, the drive-thru is open. The address is at 17332 Interstate 30 – Or if you’re around from around here, it’s between Chepe’s Mexican Grill and Applebee’s.
PREVIOUSLY JAN 30, 2023
UPDATE DEC 14, 2022
It’s not a rumor anymore, MySaline alluded to it (below) in April, but we can now tell you for certain that the coffee mega-chain, Starbucks, is coming to Benton.
We previously got information from regional management saying the location would not be in the old Gino’s restaurant location but plans must have changed at some point. The City of Benton has announced that permits are done. Oh and also anyone can see that the Gino’s property (between Chepe’s and Applebee’s) 17332 Interstate 30 has a newly constructed building on it and it’s due to be open in a few months. The chain said they are shooting for late spring to early summer 2023.
It’s a great location, next to those two restaurants as well as Fairfield Inn & Suites, Benton Event Center, the Cinemark/Tinseltown movie theater and more. Keep watching MySaline for updates!
PREVIOUSLY – APRIL 18, 2022
Yes, I’ve heard the rumors myself. So I spoke to a source at Starbucks who actually has correct information.
So the answer is yes, they do have plans to add another store – very likely in Benton, Arkansas. No, they haven’t signed a contract for any particular property. Yes, they are interested in particular property. Gino’s restaurant at 17332 Interstate 30, is looking for a buyer, and Starbucks may or may not be involved. We’ll keep you updated.
Side note, there are two new Starbucks stores opening on Geyer Springs and Colonel Glenn soon. Of course, they are still located at Alcoa and Interstate 30 – with a stand-alone store, one inside Target, and one across the Interstate inside Kroger Marketplace. I will absolutely let everyone know when there is more news about an additional location in Saline County.