Starbucks to build S.C. roasting plant

Starbucks Coffee Co. said this afternoon it plans to build a roasting facility in Calhoun County, a 150,000 square-foot facility that will eventually employ 160 people.

Work on the site will begin by the end of the year, officials said. Operations are planned to begin in early 2009.

The company cited its growth in the southeastern U.S. as fueling demand for the plant.

The new Calhoun County facility will house equipment and operations to receive, roast, package, and ship Starbucks coffee to distribution centers servicing company-operated stores, licensed stores, and wholesale accounts

The new Calhoun County facility will add to roasting and packaging production at sites in Kent, Wash.; York, Pa.; and Carson Valley, Nev., and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Starbucks has about 50 company-operated and licensed retail locations in South Carolina and more than 2,200 stores in the southeastern U.S.