The Omaha-based chain Scooterâ€™s Coffeehouse is opening the first of its two new stores in Kearney this week.
Scooterâ€™s will open its downtown store at 2400 Central Ave. on Saturday and plans to open a north Kearney drive-through Oct. 18.
Cafi Savant and Baristaâ€™s Daily Grind previously did business at the locations.
“We are excited to get open,” said owner Don Eckles of Omaha, who also is the companyâ€™s founder. “Things have moved a bit faster than expected. With Starbucks closing, we were able to hire a lot of those employees and get our staffing in place.”
Scooterâ€™s Coffeehouse opened its first store in Bellevue in 1998 and began franchising in 2001. The Omaha-based company has 64 stores open across the Midwest and another 25 in development, Eckles said.