The nation’s largest coffee shop chain, Starbucks Corp., plans to open a second coffee shop in Raleigh this year.
In 2016, Starbucks opened a second store in Raleigh’s North Carolina City area.
“We’ve been talking about Raleigh and our interest in it for a while,” said Mike Schofield, Starbucks North America’s senior vice president for global coffee, at a recent event in Raleigh.
Schofield said the company has not set a timeline for when the new store would open, but that he expects it to be in time for the spring holiday.
The coffee-chain giant has been a strong investor in the Raleigh area for decades.
According to a 2016 study by the Raleigh Business Journal, Raleigh is home to the world’s fifth-largest coffee industry.
There are more than 4,000 Starbucks outlets in the city, and more than 8,500 of them in Raleigh and Cary, according to Starbucks’ website.
About 2,000 people work at Starbucks’ restaurants in Raleigh, according a company spokeswoman.
Other companies that have opened stores in the area include: New Orleans-based Olive Garden and Pita Pit restaurants; Dale’s Deli, which serves sandwiches, salads and pasta; Stuart’s Delicatessen, which sells beer and wine; and Coffee Shop Barbecue, which makes ribs.
This article was updated on May 18, 2018 at 9:53 a.m.