Ham’s Restaurant building demolished; Starbucks next to US 321 site in Hickory | Local News

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The Ham’s Restaurant building at the corner of U.S. Highway 321 and Second Avenue NW was demolished to make way for a Starbucks.

Hickory, based in Huffman Grading, obtained a demolition permit on Wednesday and the old restaurant had been turned into a pile of rubble on Friday.

Workers were on site Friday afternoon cleaning up what was left of the restaurant.

The restaurant was a Hickory staple along busy US Highway 321 and near LP Frans Stadium, home of the Hickory Crawdads minor league baseball team. The last post on the restaurant’s Facebook page indicated that the restaurant was closing as of March 29, 2020.

In March, Scott Friedman of Charlotte development firm The Morgan Companies secured a permit for a 2,250 square foot building that will house a Starbucks. The permit is valid until March 2023.

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The new Starbucks location on US Highway 321 is one of three being built in Hickory.

The other locations are in the Springs Road area near the Sheetz convenience store and Walmart Neighborhood Market and near US Highway 70 near Olive Garden, respectively.

Completion of these stores will bring the total number of Starbucks in Hickory to seven, including five freestanding stores and outlets at Target and Barnes and Noble.

Kevin Griffin is the Hickory City Reporter at the Hickory Daily Record.

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