Poe West development to include new coffee roastery and cafe

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The 60,000 square-foot mixed-use development Poe West in The Village of West Greenville announced today a coffee roaster tenant to its lineup of culinary and maker-focused occupants.

Unlocked Coffee Roasters, a local startup owned by Andres Camargo and Rocío Salazar, plans to open its first shop and café at the property located at 556 Perry Ave. in late summer 2019.

Poe West east entrance rendering by Johnston Design Group

Camargo and Salazar, a married couple with Colombian heritage and a social impact mission, plan to use the shop and roastery to empower local women in shelters and support Colombian farmers while providing high quality coffee.

“We are excited for our dreams to come true in such a welcoming and vibrant city, Greenville,” Camargo said. “Unlocked Coffee Roasters is a coffee shop and roastery with a focus on building strong relationships with farmers, employees, customers, and the community. Our vision is finally coming to life and we couldn’t be happier.”

According to their website, Camargo is responsible for roasting, coffee selection, and business development. Salazar handles sales and marketing.

Unlocked Coffee owners Rocío Salazar and Adres Camargo. Photo from unlockedcoffee.com.

CBRE’s Blaine Hart and Tommy Molin are spearheading leasing efforts at Poe West and represented the landlord and developer, The Furman Co., in the lease transaction.

“What a cool story this is for the project and The West Village,” says the leasing team at CBRE. “Unlocked Coffee Roasters is going to be a true amenity and destination for Poe West. Not only are the products excellent, [but] the business plan is exceptional, and the founders love what they do.”

The Furman Co., which purchased the property in fall of 2017, is renovating the tract that most recently housed Diversified Systems Inc., into a Class-A office, restaurant, retail, and educational facility. Mavin Construction broke ground on the property in March.

Poe West will be anchored by Greenville Technical College Center for Culinary and Hospitality Innovation (CHI). Carolina Bauernhaus, LaRue Fine Chocolate, and Six & Twenty Distillery announced their occupancy earlier this year.

“It has been great getting to know Carlos and Roci,” said Robert Poppleton, development manager at The Furman Co. “They are both very passionate about what they are doing, and it’s reflected in the quality of their coffee. The addition of Unlocked Coffee Roasters further expands Poe West’s culinary palate and helps round out the 18-hour experience while keeping everyone sufficiently caffeinated.”