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Sentinel staff report–
Citrus Heights will be getting a second Dutch Bros coffee drive-thru, after the proposal was unanimously approved by the city’s Planning Commission on Wednesday.
The new 800-square-foot Dutch Bros will be built at 7849 Lichen Drive and will take up part of the existing Raley’s parking lot. Dutch Bros has an existing location in Citrus Heights, at 7445 Madison Ave.
Unlike the Madison Avenue location, which is drive-thru only, the new Dutch Bros includes plans for a patio with outdoor seating. Plans also call for a two-lane drive-thru, which then merges into a single lane at the pickup window.
Drivers will enter from the southeast, loop around the building to pick up orders, and then exit to the west. A staff report says the drive-thru will be able to accommodate up to 16 vehicles.
Plans do not include speakers for taking orders, as employees will walk up to cars to take orders from customers.
As part of a traffic plan, the project calls for installation of medians and “No U-turn” signs on Lichen Drive.
An estimated opening date has not been announced, but the city’s planning division says the applicant, Cliffhaven Development, has expressed a desire to move forward quickly. A spokesman for Dutch Bros did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.
Dutch Bros locations offer specialty coffee drinks, smoothies, teas and the company’s private-label Blue Rebel energy drink. The company is also known for fundraisers and various community efforts. In 2014, the company raised nearly $100,000 in a one-day fundraiser to benefit the families of Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County Sheriff’s Detective Michael David Davis, Jr., after they were killed in a shooting.
Last year, Dutch Bros announced plans to expand to 800 coffee shops within five years, up from its current 300-plus locations. The news came after the privately held coffee company secured a new investment with TSG Consumer Partners.
For more details about the approved Dutch Bros project on Lichen Drive, click here to read the 195-page Planning Commission agenda packet.
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