Due South Coffee Roasters is quite literally moving south, but mostly west, and much closer to downtown Greenville, the specialty coffee roaster and retailer announced today.
By early January 2018, the coffee shop and roastery will move out of the Taylors Mill space at 250 Mill St., Taylors, into Hampton Station, a multiuse development at 1320 Hampton Ave. Ext., Greenville, which is housed in a refurbished cotton storage facility built in 1919.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to add Due South Coffee to our Hampton Station family,” says Rob Howell, Hampton Station leasing director. “They make an incredible product and have a huge following and will be an asset to the collective community we are creating here.”
The new Due South location will feature a cafe, training lab, and roaster.
Co-founder of Due South Coffee, Patrick McInerney, says that community between tenants, such as White Duck Taco Shop, Birds Fly South Ale Project, Lion’s Roar Crossfit, Treehugger Customs, and many others, is exactly what they have been trying to build with the business in Taylors Mill, and it already exists at Hampton Station.
“Due South is proud to join Hampton Station’s vibrant community of startups, entrepreneurs, artisans, and visionaries fueling the energy and growth of the up-and-coming Water Tower District of West Greenville,” McInerney says. “Due South is looking forward to making Hampton Station its new home as we expand our wholesale and retail operations. With such a convenient location to our wholesale partners and our retail customers, we feel we are well-positioned for our continued growth.”
Due South’s roastery output has grown significantly – 40 percent since last year at this time – and the move will bring them much closer to their local accounts, such as Furman University Library, Limoncello (Larkin’s Italian concept slated to open within the year), Joe’s Place Bookstore, Happy + Hale, The Village Grind, Lowes Foods, and others.
Less than a mile away from Hampton Station, a second Due South location is already under construction at The Commons, located within the new proposed city park at 159 Welborn St. Located in a 20,000-square-foot open marketplace along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, Due South Coffee will join Feed & Seed, SC Bakeroom, and The Community Tap, as well as a myriad of food vendors with a full-service cafe concept. Neighboring businesses include Carolina Triathlon, Boyd Cycling, Outdoor Sports Marketing, Parker Realty, and Ridgeline Construction.
“There’s going to be a string of coffee on the trail,” McInerney says about the proximity of those locations to the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail.
While the Taylors Mill location has served as a destination and co-work space for customers, the Hampton Station space will be more of a café and roastery, with more focus on the production side.
Moving from 4,000 to 2,630 square feet means the design of the space will be more efficient, but with the Hampton Station common areas fair game for any customer’s use, McInerney says the loss of square footage won’t create a seating issue.
Hampton Station’s 100-year-old history will be honored throughout Due South’s 2,630-square-foot space with careful attention to preserving the architectural integrity of the existing space, which include soaring ceilings and exposed beams.
“Coffee and community are inseparable.” McInerney said. “With these two new locations, we feel that we are much better poised to serve the Greenville community.”