A Starbucks coffee shop will soon open at the Five Points intersection in Biddeford. On Tuesday, construction was on site. RYDER SCHUMACHER/Journal Tribune

A Starbucks coffee shop will soon open at the Five Points intersection in Biddeford. On Tuesday, construction was on site. RYDER SCHUMACHER/Journal Tribune

BIDDEFORD — Construction of the Starbucks on Alfred Street is well underway, and doors are expected to open Oct. 6.

“Construction is almost completed, and Starbucks is working on the interior at this time,” Patrick Donahue, co-owner of Five Star Holdings, LLC, said in a phone call.

Patrick and his father, Bill Donahue, of Five Star Holdings, LLC, submitted plans to construct an 1,800-square-foot Starbucks coffee shop at 352 Alfred St., located at the intersection of Alfred Street (Route 111) and Elm Street (U.S. Route 1), last September.

The siding and exterior of the building is still in the works, but Donahue said everything is right on schedule.

Earlier this year there had been disputes over traffic concerns regarding the development of the coffee shop. Residents on nearby Summit Street had voiced opposition, citing the possibility of motorists using the street as a shortcut to U.S. Route 1.

Donahue said that will not be an issue.

“There is no exits or entrances on Summit Street,” Donahue said. “Entrances and exits will be on Route 111 and also funneled through the back, in front of McDonald’s, that will come out to the traffic light on the Elm Street and Alfred Street intersection.”

Five Star Holdings owns numerous buildings along Alfred Street and in Biddeford, and according to Donahue other projects are in the works, with one set on Elm Street and the other planned to begin across from the Journal Tribune on Alfred Street.

“We are actually planning to have a medical facility in front of the Journal,” Donahue said, but declined to comment further.

He added that they will be going in front of the Biddeford Planning Board next month to hash out details on the proposal.

Additionally, there have been multiple businesses inquiring over potentially occupying the former D’Angelo’s sandwich shop building, which now sits vacant on the property where the Starbucks is being built, Donahue said. He added that more information will be provided over the next few weeks as to what those businesses are.

— Staff Writer Ryder Schumacher can be reached at 282-1535, or via email at [email protected]


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