From the notebook of business editor Tim Rausch

Clearing the land for Starbucks

Trees are coming down and that means the journey to erect a Starbucks plant is underway.

 

Land preparation work started in the Augusta Corporate Park off Mike Padgett Highway for the coffee company’s $172 million facility.

 

Walter Sprouse, executive director of the Augusta Economic Development Authority, said it will take a year to get the plant finished.

 

Starbucks said that it is aiming for a January 2014 start for making ready-to-drink beverages and some of the ingredients for Frappuccino for North America and Europe.

 

BUY OUT: Snack food company Snyder’s-Lance Inc. acquired the assets of O’Byrne Distributing, a snack food distribution company.

 

O’Byrne’s office is in Beech Island. The purchase price was not disclosed.

 

The acquisition expands the direct store delivery distribution network for the Augusta area.

 

Snyder’s-Lance makes the Lance crackers and Snyder’s of Hanover chips that you see in stores. They are based in Charlotte, N.C.

 

ON THE VERGE: The bi-weekly newspaper, Verge, was acquired by the Buzz on Biz LCC founder Neil Gordon and will re-launch on Wednesday.

 

Verge has its roots in downtown Augusta and was owned by Lara and Matt Plocha for five years. About 10,000 copies of Verge are printed each week and distributed free.

 

Gordon said there will be a redesign done and a change in the topics covered.

 

Matt Plocha is staying on as the publisher of both Verge and Gordon’s Buzz on Biz paper.

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