Raising Cane’s, Starbucks get good news about their local expansion plans

Published: Tuesday, December 03, 2019 @ 10:43 AM

Restaurant will open in 2020 in former bank branch, if all goes as planned.

The dining and coffee options in Huber Heights will soon be growing.

The Huber Heights City council on Monday night voted unanimously to approve new projects that will lead to the opening of the Dayton area’s third Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers restaurant and a new Starbucks location within about a block of each other on Old Troy Pike, according to Scott Falkowski, assistant city manager for Huber Heights.

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Plans call for the new Raising Cane’s  to open at 7841 Old Troy Pike, the site of a former PNC Bank branch that closed in April. The new Starbucks, which will include a drive-through, will be built on the tract of land that formerly housed Cadillac Jacks at 7720 Old Troy Pike.

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“Both of these sites, just south of I-70, had businesses that closed, and the opportunity was there for redevelopment,” Falkowski told this news outlet in October. “It’s a positive sign that these businesses are looking to grow within the Huber Heights community.”

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An artist's rendering of the proposed Starbucks coming to Huber Heights, submitted to the city as part of an application for zoning approval. Huber Heights City Council approved the project Dec. 2, 2019.(City of Huber Heights)

The president of the Ohio franchisee for Raising Cane’s praised the community for its “great foundation” of resources in confirming his company’s plans to this news outlet in October.

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“We are excited to continue to grow in the Dayton area and bring Raising Canes to the Huber Heights community,” Eric Ongaro, president of Raising Canes Ohio, said. “The Huber Heights location was very interesting to us, as it boasts a very diverse area with a great foundation of community resources ... .”

The goal, Ongaro said, is to open the new restaurant in 2020. No timeline was immediately available for the Starbucks project.

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Raising Cane’s Ohio opened its first Dayton-area location on Ohio 725 in Washington Twp. in 2017, and opened its second Dayton-area location across from The Greene in Beavercreek in 2018. Earlier this year, the franchisee’s plans to open a location on Far Hills Avenue in Kettering were dropped after opposition from neighbors.

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