Peet’s Coffee investing $58M for roastery in Suffolk, to add 135 jobs

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Suffolk Mayor Linda Johnson announced Friday that Peet’s Coffee will be investing $58 million for a roastery in the city.

The roastery is expected to add 135 new jobs in Suffolk.

A news release from McAuliffe’s office stated that Virginia competed against five other mid-Atlantic states for the craft coffee brand.

Peet’s Coffee, which was founded in Berkeley, California, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Speaking at the announcement Friday, McAuliffe said, “Virginia’s strategic location, business climate, and top-notch workforce continue to attract high-caliber companies, and this project is a significant win for the City of Suffolk and the Hampton Roads region.

The City of Suffolk is also receiving $1 million from the state for the project.

“This is a national company who is going to make a decision where are they going to put their flag down to do their business for 50 percent of the United States of America and they chose Suffolk Virginia. This is a big day for us,” said Governor McAuliffe.

Peet’s Coffee President and CEO, Dave Burwick says he is elated to be partnering with the state of Virginia and Suffolk.

“We knew we wanted to roast in the East Coast and we looked at a lot of states and a lot of mid-Atlantic states because of their location,” said Burwick. “With the port, this will enable us to get the coffee to people’s homes much faster.”

The new facility will be built at the CenterPoint Intermodal business park off Route 58 in Suffolk. They are expected to break ground in 2017 with an opening in the year, 2018.

From roasting peanuts to roasting coffee — city and state leaders say this is the caffeine boost the city needs to continue to grow.