Starbucks to open coffee shop in North Topeka
A Starbucks coffee shop will soon be coming to North Topeka.
Madan Rattan, of Topeka Investment Group, told The Topeka Capital-Journal Monday that he has sold a plot of land in North Topeka, just off US-24 highway, to Starbucks for development — and he expects the company to break ground any day now.
According to the city of Topeka’s building permits map, Starbucks was issued a commercial building permit July 16 for a project at 563 N.W. US-24 highway. That permit is set to expire in late November.
Rattan said he closed on the deal with Starbucks last week, and he expects the store to be operational by the end of the year.
Rattan had owned that plot of land — which is nestled between IHOP, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit and Holiday Inn Express & Suites — for several years, he said, and wanted to attract a business that wouldn’t compete with other entities already active in North Topeka.
“We’ve had multiple people come and ask (about it) because they wanted to buy it and build something,” Rattan said, “but I had thought that I would bring something that, No. 1, would be different for North Topeka and, No. 2, would complement this development.”
Starbucks seemed to fit the bill.
Rattan, who moved to Topeka with his family in 2000 and began rehabilitating properties shortly afterward, owns the Holiday Inn Express, the Dickey’s restaurant and the adjacent building that houses AT&T and Edward Jones. He and his wife also own Monsoon Indian Grill on Wanamaker Road.
“I just can’t tell you how happy we are to see this area developed,” Rattan said.
He said he first tried to attract Starbucks to the site about 10 years ago when development of the hotel and surrounding areas was underway. It didn’t work out at the time, but Rattan remained hopeful.
“I didn’t give up, and finally, it worked,” he said.