Starbucks opens at Food City in Dandridge

Dandridge Food City’s new Starbucks opened on Thursday, September 26 with an enthusiastic response. It’s the twelfth location for the Seattle coffee chain in a Food City — and the first in Jefferson County. The kiosk inside the store employs 15 people. Cutting a ribbon with Food City CEO Steve Smith were a large group, including Starbucks manager Elena Siples and fellow barristas Lauren Barnard, Michelle Radford, Kim Garner, Mallory Smith (assistant manager), and Kristin Anders (lead barrista). Food City managment at the event included store manager Steve Gadbois (with daughter Kayle), Starbucks supervisor for Food City Tyler Bailey, COO Greg Sparks, District Manager Brady Parvin, and Vice President for Knoxville Division Ron Tacker. Town of Dandridge Administrator Matt Rudder and Police Chief Carson Williams attended, along wiith County Mayor Mark Potts and County Director of Facilities David Longmire. They were also joined by Chief Deputy Ronny Coleman of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce President Darrell Helton. – STEVE MARION | THE STANDARD BANNER

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