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Jax Daily Record Thursday, Mar. 31, 202209:10 AM EST

Vagabond Coffee Co. construction to start at VyStar Tower

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The city issued a permit March 30 for build-out of a ground-floor shop.

Now that the city has issued a building permit, VyStar Tower will open the Vagabond Coffee Co. shop when construction is completed on the ground floor at 76 S. Laura St. Downtown.

Commercial Construction Services Inc. of Jacksonville will build-out a 154-square-foot space in the main lobby of the 23-story tower at a cost of $194,000. The city issued the permit March 31.

Kasper Architecture + Associates Inc. is the architect.

The space is shown on plans in the general area near where Peterbrooke Chocolatier operated before it moved to VyStar’s 100 W. Bay St. building next to the tower.

The space is shown on plans in the general area near where Peterbrooke Chocolatier operated before it moved to VyStar Credit Union’s 100 W. Bay St. building next to the tower.

The lobby and coffee shop are accessible from the breezeway that VyStar developed between its buildings and parking garage as well as from Bay Street.

“VyStar and Vagabond are collaborating closely to determine when the café will open. The entire VyStar team is looking forward to welcoming them to the Tower,” a VyStar spokesperson said March 2.

Vagabondcoffee.com said Will and Samantha Morgan started Jacksonville-based Vagabond Coffee out of their 1963 Scotty Highlander camper.

Their first location in the Laura Street Trio lot was followed by another in James Weldon Johnson Park where the coffee camper became part of the park’s landscape and daily program, it said.

In August 2015, Vagabond opened its flagship brick-and-mortar at 934 Edgewood Ave S. in Murray Hill, with the roastery next to it.

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