Peek inside Starbucks being built on Hilton Head. Okatie location under construction, too

Coffee fans have to wait only a little longer for two new places to get a caffeine fix in Beaufort County.

A long-anticipated Starbucks is under construction on the north end of Hilton Head, and drivers through Okatie also can see building beginning on a Starbucks along U.S. 278.

The Hilton Head coffee shop is replacing a Starbucks location that burned in January 2018. That fire later was ruled accidental, and officials determined it was related to an electrical issue.

The Island Packet previously reported that the new Starbucks at 416 William Hilton Parkway, in Sea Turtle Marketplace, is scheduled to reopen on Nov. 29. That date is according to Michael Martin with State Permits Inc., who has applied to the Town of Hilton Head Island on behalf of the company.

The interior of a new Starbucks on the north end of Hilton Head Island remains largely unfinished. Katherine Kokal

The location will have a drive-thru, and visitors can expect the shop to have the “same vibe” as the mid-island Starbucks at Shelter Cove, which opened March 1.

Photos from the construction site on Monday show drywall being installed inside. While the gray siding and large windows are in place, the inside remains largely unfinished.

The interior of a new Starbucks on the north end of Hilton Head Island remains largely unfinished. Katherine Kokal

Meanwhile, in the other direction from the Hilton Head bridges, the Starbucks planned for Okatie Crossing in the Sun City area is expected to open in early 2020, according to a Starbucks spokesperson.

Construction is currently underway near the highway by Cracker Barrel and a Verizon store.

Architectural renderings provided by the Court Atkins Group show wood siding on the drive-thru window and the area around the front door. Large windows surround the dining area.

The 2,500-square-foot Starbucks will employ about 40-45 people, the spokesperson wrote in response to an email.

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Lisa Wilson is a reporter for The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette. The 25-year newsroom veteran has worked for papers in Louisiana and Mississippi and is happy to call the Lowcountry home.
Katherine Kokal moved to South Carolina in 2018 after graduating from the University of Missouri and loves everything about the Lowcountry that isn’t a Palmetto Bug. She has won South Carolina Press Association awards for in-depth and government beat reporting. On the weekends, you can find Kati doing yoga and hiking Pinckney Island.