The under-construction adaptive-reuse retail and restaurant development The Junction at Downtown Airport at 301 Airport Road, Greenville, has landed its coffee shop tenant.
Mauldin Coffee Co., which operated as a pop-up for the last year, has been rebranded as Cohesive Coffee and will occupy the 1,700-square-foot corner anchor space next to White Duck Taco Shop.
White Duck recently announced its second Greenville location as the main anchor for the roughly 42,000-square-foot development, occupying the frontmost 4,000-square-foot space.
Construction on The Junction is moving along quickly with a planned June opening, says listing agent Daniel Holloway with SVN Blackstream.
Cohesive Coffee owner Josh Williams had originally planned to open a brick and mortar in Mauldin, but difficulties finding the right location at the right price led him to seek options in alternative locations.
“Mauldin is still our heart. I’d still love to see it,” Williams says.
The Junction, however, provides the collaborative environment both he and the development’s listing agents are hoping to foster.
Holloway says when Williams described his collaborative and inclusive community-building vision for the coffee shop, it mirrored the goals for The Junction.
“We are thrilled that Josh is coming on board,” Holloway says. “The thing about Josh that struck a chord with us is that he is passionate about what he wants to do.”
Williams’ core values for the shop are: Everybody has a seat at the table; kindness is cool; every drink is a work of art; we don’t have customers — we have family. The staff who worked with Williams to develop those values will be the primary baristas at the shop.
Williams initially launched Mauldin Coffee Co. to fill a void he saw in the Mauldin area and also with the mindset of not competing with the other well-established local coffee brands. Because of that, the rebranded Cohesive Coffee will be sourcing its beans from Summit Coffee Co. in Asheville, North Carolina, and not one of the local roasters.
When Williams attended a cupping at Summit Coffee Co. in Asheville, he coincidentally sat down next to Richard King, franchise co-owner of the Greenville White Duck Taco Shop locations. He says he knew then that choosing The Junction for his shop’s location wasn’t an accident.
The design for the Cohesive Coffee space will include large expanses of white walls and surfaces, including a white quartz top for the bar, with pale teal and rose gold accents. Williams plans to use round tables to foster inclusiveness. Inside, seating will total 36. An outdoor patio that wraps around the building will include additional seating.
Additional tenants at The Junction include Brit’s Brothers personal training and fitness, Nill Silver Photography, urban winery Elevation 966, and Adrenaline Dance Fitness. Four additional spaces ranging from 1,300-4,400 square feet are still available.