The owners of the Buona Caffe coffee shop on Central Avenue have purchased the building at 520 Reynolds St. to house their growing inventory and roasting operation.
The 8,400-square-foot building, across the street from a proposed mixed-use development at the city owned railroad depot property, will also have a small coffee bar.
“We needed to look for a space that was well beyond our current needs,” co-owner John Curry said in a news release Wednesday. “This new location gives us the opportunity to do much more to supply and support our wholesale customers.”
The building, which has a commercial kitchen, most recently housed Berry’s Catering and Floral. Buona Caffe purchased the almost half-acre tract from Southern Catering Inc. in October for $265,000.
Curry said the building also will have a commercial espresso machine showroom and a training room for professionals and the general public.
Buona Caffe Artisan Roasted Coffee’s coffee shop at 1858 Central Ave. had reached full capacity, co-owner Pat Curry said.
“The only change customers may notice at Central Avenue is a wider selection of brewing equipment,” she said. “We’ve passed on a lot of specialty items we wanted to offer because we just didn’t have anywhere to store them.”
The husband-wife team started the coffee business in 2013. The Currys said they had been looking for a second location for about a year. The expansion project is being financed by Queensborough National Bank & Trust and CSRA Business Lending.
The nearby city-owned depot property has been selected as the site for a public-private mixed-use development that city officials have said will be in excess of $90 million and could be announced as early as this summer.
“We’re thrilled to be part of the revitalization of downtown Augusta,” John Curry said.