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(PHOTOS) New store scoots into Gillette’s coffee scene

A new coffee café is coming to a major intersection near the center of Gillette.

The building, seen here Nov. 2, will someday be a Scooters Coffee. (Mary Stroka/County 17)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — A new coffee café is coming to a major intersection near the center of Gillette.

A Scooter’s Coffee store is under construction at 2001 S. Douglas Highway, Gillette, at the highway’s intersection with Boxelder Road.

Scooters Coffee on Oct. 19. (Mary Stroka/County 17)

County 17 has not been able to get in touch with the shop’s owners, who are Phillip Jeffries, RaeAnn Jeffries and Taylor Jeffries, according to Jacquelyn Masse, a media contact for Scooter’s Coffee. Masse said Oct. 31 that she is not aware of a concrete opening date for the store.

The company’s website said the store is “coming soon” and that the company’s other Wyoming stores are in Casper and Cheyenne.

Scooter’s Coffee is a drive-thru coffee shop. (Mary Stroka/County 17)

Gillette has about 10 coffee shops. Another Starbucks is scheduled to open around February 2024 on the west side of the 2200 block of South Douglas Highway, project manager Rob Brower of S & S Builders said in August. That site is across the street from the Scooter’s.

Rusty Bell, the Gillette College Foundation’s Office of Economic Transformation’s director, said Oct. 19 that he does not have any idea how the Gillette market is able to support so many coffee shops.

A future Scooter’s Coffee, as it appears on Nov. 2 (Mary Stroka/County 17)

The franchise system announced Nov. 1 that Joe Thornton will be its new CEO starting Jan. 1, 2024. Thornton, the company’s president, will succeed Todd Graeve, who is retiring. Graeve became CEO in 2016.

The company said the name “Scooter’s” meshes with its mission to keep customers happy by helping them “scoot in and scoot out” quickly.

Clarification, Nov. 7: A previous version of this story stated that the Scooter’s store is coming to downtown Gillette. Based on conversations with City of Gillette Director of Public Affairs Jennifer Toscana and Campbell County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Gillette Main Street Executive Director Jessica Seders, “downtown Gillette” commonly refers to the area that surrounds Gillette Avenue. Seders said that she noted in an application that the area extends to about three blocks, in any direction, from Gillette Avenue. While Boxelder Road and Douglas Highway are closer to “downtown Gillette” than several other areas of Gillette, the intersection is not commonly viewed as being in “downtown Gillette.” The description of the store’s location has been adjusted to reflect the distinction.