The owners of Passenger Coffee Roasters are planning to move their Lancaster roasting operation to a new city location where they also will open a small retail shop.
The new roastery would be housed at 131 N. Plum St., the former home of Cycle Circle, a bike shop that closed in September 2017. The coffee shop will be dubbed Passenger HQ.
Kyle Sollenberger, co-founder of Commons Cos., which includes Passenger Coffee, said plans for the move are still in the early stages, with a likely opening in late fall 2019.
Passenger Coffee, which has a coffee shop at 7 W. King St., now does its roasting at 315 E. Marion St., a converted industrial building with a bakery and kitchen that supports Commons Cos.’ other businesses, which include a catering and wholesale business as well as Prince Street Cafe.
Sollenberger said moving the roastery to the 3,300-square foot building on Plum Street will create more room at the Marion Street facility, which has 7,000 square feet of space.
Before Cycle Circle moved to 131 N. Plum St. it had operated on North Queen Street, where it opened in 1984. Owner Tom Podlesny owned the Plum Street building and sold it to Sollenberger in August for $175,000.