A local Ziggi’s Coffee franchisee hopes to make an initial splash when it brews up for the first time in Albuquerque next Tuesday.
Sergio Bermudez has plans for three initial locations of the Longmont, Colorado coffee chain: 6000 Montgomery Blvd., 5200 Menaul Blvd. NE and a future location to be determined. But the first location at 6000 Montgomery Blvd. NE — which features a patio, indoor cafe and a drive-thru — will provide Bermudez and Ziggi’s with a barometer of success in Albuquerque.
As an example of what he hopes to deliver, Bermudez brought up in an interview with Business First on Tuesday the recent arrival of Oregon-based Dutch Bros. Coffee and the buzz it has created. Dutch Bros. has plans for its third Albuquerque location north of Cottonwood Mall, which is its sixth known location in the Land of Enchantment, Business First reported in February.
Modulus Architects and Mountain Side Contractors were listed as building contractors for the Montgomery Boulevard location. The project was estimated to be about 1,009 square feet and cost of the work to be about $225,652, according to Business First’s commercial building permit roundup in February.
Construction on 5200 Menaul Blvd. NE — which is the home to a closed former gas station — could start in the next three months, depending upon how quickly permits are approved, Bermudez said. Albuquerque’s Modulus Architects is listed as a building contractor on the permit, according to an application filed with the city of Albuquerque earlier this month for alterations and a change of occupancy of the 1,880-square-foot building.
With three locations in the works for now, Bermudez said he has plans to bring Ziggi’s concept all over the state.
In addition to coffee, Ziggi’s has teas, energy drinks, smoothies, pastries and more.
Freddy Bermudez, Sergio’s Bermudez’s nephew, told Business First the plan was to open earlier this month. But permitting delays pushed the opening date back to June 22 anticipates about 30 initial employees at the first store.
“Everything’s ready to go now,” he said. “I think [opening day] is going to be pretty big from what I’ve heard. … I believe our first week is going to be really intense.”