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SPoT Coffee in Clarence may be first in WNY to get drive-thru

SPoT Coffee is in talks with a prospective franchisee interested in taking over the company’s Clarence location.

The interested party, whom SPoT did not name, has paid a franchise deposit toward the option of taking over the corporate-run store at 5205 Transit Road near Greiner Road.

If the deal goes through, the franchisee has expressed interest in adding a drive-thru to the building. It would make the Clarence store the first SPoT Coffee cafe with a drive-thru. Spot said a drive-thru would be a good fit for that high-traffic area, and expects it would substantially increase sales.

SPoT also is on schedule to open a new location in Kenmore this summer, in the former George Washington Elementary School at 1 Delaware Road. Ellicott Development is converting the building into a mixed-use concept with luxury apartments, retail and commercial space. SPoT will fill part of a 5,000-square-foot expansion at the front of the building. That new location will be serviced by the company’s central kitchen and roasting facility in downtown Buffalo.

SPoT also recently opened a new franchised location in the Kronenberg Building at 12 Main St. in Hamburg.

The Toronto-based cafe chain said it had record-breaking sales last year, with same-store sales up by 15 percent in the last quarter.

SPoT recently closed its Canadian locations in order to focus on stateside expansion, the company said.

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