With at least two new Scooter’s Coffee locations set to open by the end of March, commuters in south and east Lawrence will have new options for their morning coffee stop.
Tony Manzitto, who owns the Scooter’s location at Sixth and Wakarusa, plans to extend the Nebraska-based drive-thru coffee chain’s reach into Lawrence by opening locations on the northwest corner of 23rd and Haskell (946 E. 23rd St.) and the southeast corner of 25th and Iowa (2500 Iowa St.).
Manzitto expects the 23rd Street location to open by March 6 and the Iowa Street location to open two weeks later, but adds that “both those locations were supposed to be open last year. Those dates are very tentative.”
Construction on a third new Lawrence Scooter’s location, at 814 Iowa St., began a few days ago. That Scooter’s franchise is owned by Freedom Enterprises LLC, not Manzitto. Freedom also owns the town’s other Scooter’s, a couple hundred feet away in the parking lot of the QuikTrip at Ninth and Iowa.
Freedom Enterprises could not be reached for comment about its plans for that store. But Manzitto and others speculated that the QuikTrip Scooter’s location might be closing soon, and that Freedom is looking to stake out a long-term position by constructing the new building nearby.
The Scooter’s at Ninth and Iowa was already in operation when QuikTrip built and opened its convenience store at that location two years ago.
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Jack Ritter (he/him), a contributor to The Lawrence Times, is a student-journalist at Lawrence High School currently serving as the editor-in-chief for The Budget Online.
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