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Citrus Heights coffee drive-thru closes amid plans for new Starbucks

Java Detour on Auburn Boulevard has closed. // M. Hazlip

By Mike Hazlip—
The Java Detour coffee drive-thru on Auburn Boulevard near Interstate 80 has shuttered its doors, as plans for a new Starbucks to be built on the site await review.

In a statement to The Sentinel, city economics development and communications manager Meghan Huber said a hearing date for the project has yet to be scheduled.

“Additional time is needed in this project’s review to ensure coordination with the city’s Auburn Blvd Street improvement project (Complete Streets),” Huber said. “Additionally, staff is working closely with the City of Roseville since the project site is intersected by both jurisdictions.”

The site borders the county line between Sacramento and Placer counties, involving both jurisdictions. A portion of the site also appears to be within Roseville city limits, according to a Sentinel review of county assessor data.

Nearby businesses confirmed to The Sentinel that the coffee kiosk closed several months ago. A sign posted in the window reads “Sorry Java Customers! We are moving locations! the store will be closed for the next few weeks. We are going to keep all of you updated on the new locations address. Thank you for all of your understanding. We will be back very soon! Thanks again!” The note is signed “Java Girls.”

A public notice posted to the business says the business owner owes more than $13,000 in back rent from May through October of 2022. The company’s website still lists the Citrus Heights location at 8540 Auburn Blvd., with the next closest locations being in Marysville and Yuba City.

The Sentinel previously reported plans to build a Starbucks at the site include a 2,241-square-foot building with a 400-square-foot patio.The site also includes a double drive-thru with room for about 17 vehicles and 38 parking spots.

The future of an existing building on the property that is currently home to Sam’s Liquor and Food, Waggin’ Tails Doggie Day Care, and Tea It remains in question. Although plans show the building will remain, except for the liquor store, one tenant told The Sentinel the landlord has only offered a month-to-month lease with no long-term lease options.

Related: Proposal seeks to demolish liquor store to build new Starbucks in Citrus Heights

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