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Dave’s Coffee moving headquarters to Narragansett

March 17, 2014

CHARLESTOWN – Dave’s Coffee is planning to open a second location in Providence this spring and to move its headquarters to Narragansett.

“We’re halfway through our construction,” David Lanning Sr., CEO of Dave’s Coffee, said Tuesday. “We’re planning for the end of April, sometime in May to be opened there.”

Lanning said the Providence location on South Main Street will be different from the Charlestown location.

“It will be our fist stand-alone location,” he said. “It will be totally different to have steady traffic year round, different from the summer increase in Charlestown.”

The larger space in Providence will allow Lanning to install a pour over bar. Lanning explained that a pour over bar allows customers to order individual coffees from different microbrew lots of coffee.

“It’s not to distribute whole sale,” Lanning said. “It’s a small amount from a specific farm and grower that we will offer by the cup and prepare individually.”

Lanning said the new location will also have iced coffee on tap.
There are no changes currently planned for the Charlestown location at 5193 Old Post Road. The coffee house has occupied a 17th century farmhouse since 2003.

“That location is kind of maxed out,” Lanning said. “It’s not the kind of place where you can knock out a wall and do an expansion very easily.”
Still, the business has expanded.

In 2010, under Lanning’s direction, Dave’s Coffee began roasting its own line of artisan coffees in Westerly, which are distributed to wholesale locations and retailers across New England.

In 2012, Dave’s Coffee expanded to include a line of all natural coffee syrups, beginning with original and vanilla. In 2013, decaf and mocha syrups were added.

Lanning is also in the process of relocating the roasting operation to 35 Walts Way in Narragansett, which he plans to turn into the main headquarters of Dave’s Coffee.

“We’re going to contain everything in one place,” he said. “That will be where we’re going to do our roasting, our bagging, our distribution - everything will be out of Narragansett.”

Lanning’s business ventures continued this past Sunday when he traveled to New York City for Coffee Fest 2014, where he led a workshop on strategic alignment for businesses.

Lanning has regularly attended Coffee Fest in the past and led a workshop Sunday called “Strategic Partnerships: How to Align with the Right Companies.”

“It was my first time leading a workshop,” Lanning said Tuesday. “It was actually awesome, but it was a little nerve wracking speaking in front of people you don’t know.”

Lanning said a survey said participants found the information in the workshop useful and could be adopted in their businesses.

Even with all the new plans and ventures, business continues to flourish and grow at the original Charlestown location.

“We’re growing year over year business wise,” Lanning said. “Our customer following has increased and we’re looking forward to a really good summer. Nothing major changing in Charlestown, besides continuing to be the best place in Charlestown everyone else like to go to.”

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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