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COLUMBUS — The city's newest coffee shop is filling orders along 23rd Street.

Scooter's Coffee recently opened a local store at 2003 23rd St. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 30 and the business will mark its "grand opening" with $2 medium drinks that day. Other specials are planned throughout the following week.

The drive-thru coffee business, located at the former site of an Ernst Auto lot on the highway's south side, is owned by Daria Springer and Kristen Stauffer.

"Growing up in the rural surroundings between Columbus and Schuyler, I am thrilled to be able to bring Scooter's to this area that I know and love," Springer said in a press release. "We got involved with Scooter's because of our love of the product and brand. We felt like the folks in Columbus deserved to experience what other major Nebraska cities have been experiencing for years as customers of Scooter's Coffee."

Springer and Stauffer both reside in Lincoln, where Springer is part owner of two other Scooter's locations.

Scooter's Coffee started in 1998 with a single drive-thru coffeehouse in Bellevue and has since expanded into 12 states with more than 150 locations. The Omaha-based business has agreements to open shops in three more states as part of an expansion plan that adds 40 locations this year.

There are more than 80 locations in Nebraska.

The business, which uses a drive-thru model focused on speed and efficiency, will offer coffee, espresso drinks, fruit smoothies, breakfast sandwiches, fresh pastries and teas, and plans to add gluten-free items to its food menu in the near future.

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