Quickwater Coffee Roasters, a Rockford coffee house, has confirmed plans to build a second location a few miles south, according to Craine’s Grand Rapids. The new location will occupy a space in The Current, a mixed-use project that broke ground in Grand Rapids’ Creston neighborhood this summer.
The Current has recently confirmed the addition of 72 apartment units at 220 Quimby St. NE, across the street from Creston Brewery along the Plainfield Avenue corridor. Quickwater Coffee Roasters will be the primary commercial tenant in the complex, providing fresh coffee and pastries to future residents and customers nearby.
Expansion and growth came quickly for Quickwater Coffee Roasters, especially since the brand just opened its flagship store this November at 8 E. Bridge St. in Rockford. Nonetheless, while Quickwater might be new, owner Stephen Curtis came with years of industry experience from previously co-founding Rowster Coffee, an artisan coffee roastery and distributor supplying Grand Rapids restaurants and businesses.
The new Quickwater will open directly inside the apartment lobby, occupying a 750 sqft space. While the storefront is smaller, customers will be able to sit and relax in the apartment’s hangout lounge. The new location is anticipated to open in late summer or early fall next year, soon after The Current wraps up its construction.
“We have had an eye on the Creston neighborhood for quite some time. When we were introduced to the folks at Talbot it was readily apparent that it was a good fit.” Curtis told What Now Detroit in an email. While Curtis didn’t specify any additional expansion plans for 2024, he mentioned that the company is open to the idea if a location that makes sense shows up along the way.