Albertsons in Williston is undergoing a facelift inside the store, and bringing a major franchise to its customers.
Starbucks Coffee is moving into the grocery store, following a large remodel inside the store. Store Manager Kris Brurud said Albertsons' corporate office had made the decision to give the store a fresh look, and one of the options presented was the addition of the popular coffee franchise.
"The company decided to give us a little bit of a remodel about six months ago," he explained. "We were discussing different things that we could put in the store to really liven it up for the community. Starbucks was one of the options that came up early on. In my mind, I think Starbucks is what my customers would want the most out of all the options they gave me."
Brurud continued that Albertsons and Starbucks have a partnership in several other stores throughout the country, so it was an easy collaboration to take part in. Construction on the Starbucks is already underway inside the store, with the area which formerly housed the Customer Service office being transformed into the cafe. Brurud said Albertsons' Starbucks will feature essentially all the same products found at other cafes, unlike some businesses that feature a Starbucks, which only offer a select variety of products.
"We're gonna have the hot sandwich program in the morning, as well as all the breakfast pastries," he said. "We'll be featuring (Starbucks') new Nitro, which is a cold-brew coffee on tap, and that's fairly new. There's only a few stores within Albertsons to have that, so we'll be one of the few to roll it out. It's going to be a full Starbucks experience for our customers."
Brurud said members of Starbucks management is coming to begin barista training next week, with several store employees transitioning over to the coffee shop. The coffee kiosk is mostly complete, with just a few finishing touches required, he added. The goal, he continued, is to have the baristas trained and ready to open Starbucks around the middle of February. Once open, the hours of operation for the coffee shop will be from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at first, but Brurud said those may change, depending on demand. He stated that he and the rest of the Albertsons staff are excited to welcome this new addition to their store, and look forward to inviting the public in for the opening.
"I think it's going to be great for my customers, I really do," he said. "I'm really happy to be able to provide that to our customers and the community. I've had a lot of positive comments about it. We're pretty excited. I think it's going to be a great addition to the store and the community."