Starbucks Coffee coming to Route 1 outside Lewes

Located on Sandy Brae homestead property, shop will be drive-thru only
March 15, 2023

Story Location:
Starbucks Coffee
18422 Coastal Highway
Lewes, DE 19958
United States

The opening date is unknown, but there will be a new Starbucks Coffee in the area.

A recently installed sign on the old Sandy Brae homestead property off southbound Route 1 outside Lewes announced Starbucks’ arrival. The sign says there’s a little less than 16,000 square feet of retail and office space that’s now up for lease on a lot that would be joining a free-standing Starbucks.

A Starbucks spokesperson confirmed the new location.

“Starbucks is always looking for great locations to better meet the needs of our customers, and we are happy to confirm that we will be opening a new location at 18422 Coastal Highway in Lewes,” said the spokesperson in a prepared statement March 13. “Of note, this location will employ 25 partners [employees] and will be drive-thru only.”

This location would join three other Starbucks in the Cape Region – there’s one in Acme, one just south of Airport Road off Route 1 outside Rehoboth and one on Rehoboth Avenue in downtown Rehoboth Beach.

Lewes-based real estate company Reed Ventures purchased the property a little more than a year ago. The house on the property is close to 100 years old, and prior to being used as space for commercial businesses, the property was a farm racing stable. The stones wrapping the outside of the house and used in its two fireplaces are from the base of the old Cape Henlopen Lighthouse, which stood atop the Great Dune in what is now Cape Henlopen State Park until it collapsed in 1926.


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