Those excited about the construction of a new Starbucks on the east side of Seymour have been feeling a little anxious about the project’s completion.

Although the outside or shell of the 1,835-square-foot building at 2103 E. Tipton St. is finished, no work has begun on the interior. Construction of the building began in the first part of the year.

But officials with the city’s planning and zoning department say the delay is only temporary and the company is waiting for a permit to build out the inside.

“They hire one group of contractors to build the shell and then hire a different group of contractors to do the inside, and we have received calls about building permit prices, so they are starting to get bids to finish it,” said Gina Darlage with the city’s planning and zoning department.

Several residents have been questioning the delay on social media with some people saying the developers, Warner Retail Group out of Indianapolis, had run into financial problems.

“They haven’t gone bankrupt, and the project is going to be finished,” Darlage said. “We are just waiting to get their permit.”

Besides a wide arrangement of hot and cold drinks, the coffee shop will feature food items along with free Wi-Fi internet. The new location also will have drive-thru service.

Starbucks had a short-lived history in Seymour when it opened a freestanding location at 1246 E. Tipton St. in the Jackson Park Shopping Center in 2006. The property was owned by Regency, which operates the shopping center.

Just two years later, in July 2008, the company announced it was pulling the plug on 600 stores nationwide, including Seymour and other locations in Indiana, due to the economy.

The building was later converted into a Little Caesars Pizza.

A representative from Starbucks or Warner Retail Group could not be reached for comment on when the second phase of construction will begin or when the store is expected to open.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at or 812-523-7069.