Heritage to open new cafe and bakery downtown

This fall Heritage will move into the downtown location previously occupied by Peer Amid Beads and McDonald's. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

A Heritage Coffee cafe opened inside Foodland IGA on April 21. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Heritage Coffee Roasting Co. founder Grady Saunders stands in front of the company's roaster, which once belonged to Starbucks Coffee Co. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Heritage Coffee offices are located on Willoughby Avenue. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Heritage remodeled its roasting plant last year. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Heritage Coffee buys beans directly from coffee farmers. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

This fall Heritage will move into the downtown location previously occupied by Peer Amid Beads and McDonald’s. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

A Heritage Coffee cafe opened inside Foodland IGA on April 21. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Heritage Coffee Roasting Co. founder Grady Saunders stands in front of the company’s roaster, which once belonged to Starbucks Coffee Co. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Heritage Coffee offices are located on Willoughby Avenue. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Heritage remodeled its roasting plant last year. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Heritage Coffee buys beans directly from coffee farmers. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Heritage Coffee Roasting Co. plans to close two downtown locations – one on South Franklin Street and one on Second Street – to open a larger café on the corner of Front and Seward. The space, owned by Goldstein Improvement Co., was last occupied by Peer Amid Beads.

Heritage founder Grady Saunders says the 3,000 square foot space will allow the company to stretch out and expand.

“We’re going to be doing a slow bar. We’ll be doing individually brewed coffees. We’ll have an express lane for drinks only as well as a food lane. We’re adding a bakery into our space. We’ll have space for community events and tastings and private meetings,” Saunders says.

The bakery will provide fresh baked products to all other Heritage locations.

“We’re going to do some really unique things with the bakery, too. We’ve got some great stuff lined out and some new products that no one in town is doing really. We’ll also have sandwiches and various things, sort of like what we do at the Mendenhall Mall,” Saunders says.

The new location won’t open until late October, but a new grab-and-go espresso bar is opening this summer in the Marine View Center on the corner of Ferry Way and Franklin Street.

Heritage opened a café inside Foodland IGA last week, across the street from its roasting plant, which was remodeled last year.

The coffee company has 48 employees in the winter and 55 in the summer. During the tourist season, revenue goes up about 40 percent, Saunders says.

Heritage celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.