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Scooter's Coffeehouse, which began in 1998 as a single drive-through location in Bellevue, will open its 50th store this month.
The locally owned chain expects to open stores at 78th and Dodge Streets, 108th and M Streets, on Capehart Road near 25th Street in Bellevue, and at a strip mall in Austin, Texas.
The exact opening date or location of the 50th store depends on when each coffeehouse is completed, said Don Eckles, founder of Scooter's Coffeehouse and senior vice president of SJE Holdings Inc., the company that develops regional franchises for the specialty coffee retailer.
"We are going to pass 50 within a few months and in the next couple years pass 100," Eckles said. "We might even do it before that. We are growing quickly."