Albemarle County planners are reviewing a developer's request to build the county’s first drive-thru Starbucks in a new strip mall on Pantops.
Developers say Rolkin Road Shops will feature four tenants - but they're not dropping names. However, a drawing submitted to Albemarle County planners shows a new Chipotle. The county says Starbucks also plans to move across the street from its current location and add a drive-thru.
“Right now, all drive-thrus have to go through a special use permit process, which is a higher level of scrutiny to make sure circulation and access work for safety reasons and stacking, so those are the types of things we're looking at,” said Sarah Baldwin, Albemarle County senior planner.
Albemarle supervisors will review the plans at a meeting on May 7. Construction is expected to start that same month.
The developer says Rolkin Road Shops should be ready four to six months later.
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