EAST MANATEE -- Coffee fanatics will have another option off of State Route 64 this fall when a Starbucks is expected to open.
Starbucks is building a store with drive-thru service at the former Shell at SR 64 and 66th Street Court East in East Manatee.
The Starbucks would be the 11th in Manatee County when it opens and the sixth in the Bradenton area.
A Starbucks spokesperson confirmed the store will open in the fall, and no other stores are planned.
"At this time, we remain focused on serving Manatee County communities at our existing stores and have no additional store-opening plans to announce," the spokesman said.
The addition of a new Starbucks store is a rarity after years of growth in Manatee County. The expansion of Starbucks has slowed in recent years in the United States, and have actually contracted since 2008 in Florida, according to the company.
The Seattle-based chain also said this week that it will ban smoking within 25 feet of its stores, beginning Saturday.
an Jaime Lynn Riley says the intent is to expand the indoor no-smoking policy to the outdoor seating areas.
"If there were any concerns, we would hope to resolve it amicably." Riley said, referring to a customer who might be smoking within the restricted area.
The rule will apply to the 7,000 cafes owned and operated by Starbucks Corp., regardless of whether they have outdoor seating areas.
Starbucks had 630 stores (both company owned and licensed) in Florida in 2008 and the number decreased to 570 by September 2012.
Charles Schelle, business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow him on Twitter @ImYourChuck.
-- Material from the Associated Press was used in this story.