TOP PHOTO: Starbucks opened for business in La Follette on Monday morning.

Food City Manager Shain Arnold snipped the big blue ribbon on Monday morning signaling the opening of Starbucks inside the store.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Customers Folks began lining up for their Starbucks fix as soon as it opened on Monday morning inside the La Follette Food City.

TCAT’s Debbie Petree (left) and Becky Aiken (right) of Woodson Mall check out the menu at the new Starbucks in La Follette’s Food City.

This latest Starbucks-Food City partnership marks the 39th. It’s Food City run with its own team, a dozen new baristas and associates, under the direction of Starbucks, according to Food City officials.

Rob Woodson enjoys a sample of Starbucks coffee and cake.

“Thank you for bringing Starbucks to La Follette, Tennessee, and we appreciate the quality operation you brought here,” said Rob Woodson, owner of Woodson Mall, to the team of Food City corporate executives on hand for Monday’s celebration.

Dorothy Sisson and her granddaughter Arefel Foreman were two of Starbucks first customers on Monday morning’s opening day.

The addition of the Starbucks was about a four week process that began three months back. The construction began on July 5, and it was finished in two weeks followed by two weeks of training.

Manager of the La Follette Food City Shain tells the large crowd celebrating the opening of Starbucks that more is still to be done in the store’s facelift.

Food City La Follette Manager Shain Arnold expressed his excitement for the community and the jobs Food City is adding. “I’m just excited,” said Arnold.

Jessica Marlow, the manager of Starbucks, shares delicious samples with the crowd.

“This has been an incredible experience; learning about coffee and what you can do,” said Jessica Marlow, the manager of the Starbucks. How food helps with the taste of the coffee is something else Marlow learned during her training.

“You can’t go wrong when it looks that pretty. Tastes good, too,” said Debbie Petree, TCAT President.

Starbucks is open everyday from 6am until 8pm. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/02/2022-6AM)