COLOMBIA – An ongoing project on Garners Ferry Road will bring a stand-alone Starbucks and the first Slim Chickens restaurant to the Midlands.
The project is preparing for construction at 7550 Garners Ferry Road, east of Interstate 77 in the Walmart Mall in the busy shopping corridor.
A former sit-down restaurant has been demolished for two drive-thru businesses to take up space, according to Ben Kelly and Patrick Chambers, brokers at NAI Columbia.
One will become a first location in Colombia for Slim Chickens, a rapidly growing Arkansas-based chain.
Its menu includes chicken fillets, wings, wraps, salads, sandwiches, chicken and waffles, sides and 17 homemade sauces in different flavors.
The Arkansas-based chain announced in 2021 that it plans to open up to 30 restaurants in the Carolinas and Virginia.
The two projects working on this site aim to be open by August, Kelly said.
The site will also offer another place to get Starbucks, continuing the chain’s wave of stand-alone locations with drive-thrus in Columbia’s main suburban corridors.
The closest current Starbucks locations are a stand-alone cafe and shop inside Target at the Shoppes in Woodhill, approximately 3 miles from Garners Ferry.
Starbucks has opened nine new standalone locations in Richland and Lexington counties since 2020, the same number as Charleston and Greenville combined, according to the unofficial Starbucks Everywhere website.
Other recent Starbucks additions in the Columbia area include locations at Spears Creek Church Road, Millwood Avenue, Forest Drive, Piney Grove Road and in the BullStreet District.
All new Starbucks have drive-thru lanes, although the company has closed its rue Gervais café which does not have drive-thru.