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New Starbucks opens in northeast Ocala

A new Starbucks has officially opened in northeast Ocala, marking the popular coffeehouse chain’s eighth location in the area and first in that part of the city in 15 years.

New Starbucks now open in east Ocala
A new Starbucks has opened at 3727 E Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala. (Staff photo)

Starbucks celebrated the grand opening of its newest Ocala location at 3727 East Silver Springs Boulevard On May 17. The new café is located next to a Wawa that opened in April 2019.

Counter at new Starbucks in east Ocala
The interior of the new Starbucks at 3727 E Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala. (Staff photo)

The coffee shop is open from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, with slightly reduced hours (5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.) on Sunday.

Interior Dining room at Starbucks in east Ocala
Baristas working behind the counter at the new Starbucks. (Staff photo)

Although the new store has expanded the company’s presence in the east side of the city, it is technically not the first Starbucks in northeast Ocala.

That distinction belonged to a Starbucks formerly located at 4905 E Silver Springs Boulevard, in the current location of Firehouse Subs. That location closed its doors in 2009.

Now, most of Ocala’s Starbucks locations are situated along the city’s most popular thoroughfare, with stops at 2000 SW College Road (Target), 2710 SW College Road, 3100 SW College Road (Paddock Mall), 4602 SW College Road, and 7819 SW College Road.

In 2021, Starbucks opened a location in southeast Ocala at 3537 SE Maricamp Road.

Currently, there are over 38,000 Starbucks locations across the world and around 780 in the state of Florida.

The new Starbucks in east Ocala joins several other coffee franchises that have expanded their footprints in the city and county as of late.

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