Starbucks adding new Chattanooga unit with Signal Mountain Road site

Staff photo by Mike Pare / Workers ready the site of a planned Starbucks near the Food City supermarket on Signal Mountain Road.

Starbucks is growing its Chattanooga footprint again with plans for a new location that taps into the growing Signal Mountain and Mountain Creek Road markets.

The coffee company is planning to open a 2,100-square-foot cafe in the fall or winter on an outparcel adjacent to the Food City shopping center, which is at 709 Signal Mountain Road.

Michael Mansson, director of development for the Charleston, South Carolina-based Ziff Properties, said the Starbucks will have both dine-in and drive-through features.

He said that tenants such as Starbucks typically look at traffic counts, accessibility, visibility and demographics when picking a location.

"These are all attributes associated with the overall shopping center," Mansson said about the site that sits at the foot of Signal Mountain.

A Starbucks spokesperson said the Seattle-based company is "always looking for great locations to better meet the needs of our customers."