Popular businesses such as Dutch Bros Coffee, In-N-Out Burger, WinCo Foods, Cupbop, and Cafe Zupas all plan to open stores in Logan in the coming months.
Dutch Bros Coffee is renovating a property located at 910 Main Street that was once owned by Papa Johns. No opening date is announced. The coffee chain, which started in Oregon in 1992, opened its first store in Utah in May 2020. Since then, more than a dozen stores have opened statewide.
WinCo Foods, a warehouse-style supermarket, takes the previously occupied location by Shopko at 1341 Main Street and plans to open in December. Since WinCo announced an expansion to Utah in 2009, five locations have been built, making this location Utah’s sixth store.
In-N-Out Burger, a fast food restaurant chain, is building a store at 404 Main Street on land formerly occupied by the Shell gas station in Nyla. Construction of the store has started, but no opening days are announced. The Logan location will be the 12th in the state. In-N-Out was named Best Fast Food Burger by Business Insider in 2019.
A Korean barbecue, Cupbop, announced a Logan location on Facebook in July. A âcoming soonâ banner for the chain now hangs at the former Sweetly Divine location at 695 W 1725 N. The Utah-based company started as a food truck in 2013 and has grown rapidly since. Today, the chain has more than 20 restaurants and six food trucks in Utah, Nevada and Idaho.
Zupas Cafe was announced in June and is slated to be built at 700 Main Street, the former site of an A&W restaurant. The cafe, which serves soup, salad, and sandwiches, was opened in Utah in 2004 and now has locations in Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Ohio.
There is a rumor circulating about Target considering opening a store for Logan. The Idaho State Journal reported in February that the retailer was looking for a location in the city.
âWe talk to them, but it’s slow. I know they want to be in Logan, âScott Brady of Mountain West Commercial Real Estate told ISJ. âThey are considering several options, but they have not made a commitment to us. “
Mountain West Commercial Real Estate also negotiated the deal to bring In-N-Out to Logan.
The retailer has had discussions about a location at the Cache Valley Mall and the former Macey’s site at 400 N. on the same block as the In-N-Out construction site.
Daines said she was also excited about the positive benefits of these companies.
âThese companies obviously see a great market here in Logan and Cache Valley,â Daines said. âThe benefit for our community is the sales tax. Much of the city’s budget comes from sales tax, which is a positive financial benefit for the city, although there are also additional costs for infrastructure and services such as police, fire, etc. etc.
Daines also said students at Utah State University should be excited about the growing changes and new dining and shopping options.
“I would kill for their animal style fries,” said Emily Hill, a USU student. “I have no concerns about the success of these new ventures here.”
One concern expressed about the new locations is the potential impact on small businesses. Logan is home to a number of small businesses, many of which will be competing with the larger chains.
Caffe Ibis, a staple in Logan and USU, is one such small business.
USU alumni Randy Wirth and Sally Sears started the coffee business in 1976 as Straw Ibis, which became Caffe Ibis in the 1990s.
Lisa Wilson became President and Chief Financial Officer of Caffe Ibis in 2019. She said she was confident that Ibis would be able to compete with Dutch Bros once opened.
According to Wilson, she said their specialty coffee is what sets them apart from other coffee companies and reflects their overall mission.
She also said that small businesses just have to figure out how to compete with new businesses that have different levels of resources.
Wilson also expressed his gratitude to the USU and the Logan community for the support Caffe Ibis has received.
âOur partnership with Utah State University, the Aggie community in downtown and on campus sites has been strong for decades,â Wilson said. âWe look forward to continuing to deliver the highest quality coffee you deserve and expect from Caffe Ibis. “
Hill is not concerned about the impact the changes will have on small businesses or student interaction with them, but rather the change in competition between existing restaurant chains.
For example, Hill believes restaurants such as McDonald’s and Taco Bell will suffer the greatest impact once In-N-Out opens.
âWith the growth we are experiencing, I think there is room for everyone,â Daines said. “People always appreciate and seek out ‘local’ businesses that you can’t find anywhere else.”
Daines also expressed support for Logan’s small business and the character she said they bring to the city.