Purdy’s Coffee Co. is opening a second location on Big Hill Ave. this November that will feature a new drive-thru, but the grand opening day is still being determined.
The new location, at the corner of Big Hill Ave. and Boggs Lane, will house the new Purdy’s on one side and Jerry Goble’s State Farm insurance office on the other. It will also feature a drive-thru—something that wasn’t offered at the original Purdy’s shop on Main Street.
“We always had the second location in the plans and were just kind of waiting on the right opportunity and location,” owner Kristin Purdy said. “This extension will be pretty much what we do here, just with a drive-thru added on.”
Tyler Pace, a senior, plans to visit the new Purdy’s more often than its original location.
“It’ll be closer to my apartment, and I’ll be driving past it more often than the other one,” Pace said. “The drive-thru’s going to be really nice to have on the way to campus.”
The new shop will also have a more modern appearance, as a contrast to the historic D.M. Bright Building that houses the Main Street location.
“It’ll have a more industrial feel to it,” Purdy said. “We will have some of our historic pieces over there to kind of tie it in to this location. But yeah, it will be a little more modern.”
Klaire Compton, a sophomore, goes to Purdy’s on a weekly basis to work on homework or hang out with her friends.
“The workers are always friendly, the coffee’s good and I love the atmosphere,” Compton said. “It’s always the first place I take my friends when they visit me at EKU. Every college town needs a go-to coffee spot like Purdy’s.”
Purdy’s first opened it’s doors in May 2012, after the renovation of the D.M. Bright Building. Kristin Purdy and her husband, Robert, teamed up with Robert’s sister, Kara Purdy, to open up their shop.
“We had no coffee experience prior, but Kara did,” Purdy said. “We have always had a passion for business, people and coffee. When we got this building, it all just kind of came together. It seemed Richmond was lacking an independent coffee place, so we decided to take the plunge.”
Purdy said that while they are expanding to a second location, she doesn’t know if they would expand outside of Richmond.
“We would like to stay local for now,” Purdy said. “We’re very passionate about Richmond and seeing this place thrive. We’re really excited to share our shop with a little more of the community.”
She said the Purdy’s team plans to host a joint grand opening with Jerry Goble once their official opening date is set.
The Main St. Purdy’s location is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.