Coffee chain to open franchise in Park Rapids

Omaha-based Scooter's Coffee plans to open a drive-through kiosk at the corner of U.S. Hwy. 71 and State Hwy. 34 sometime in August.

The future site of a Scooter's Coffee drive-through kiosk is under construction as of Aug. 3, 2022 at 100 Park Ave. S. in Park Rapids. The shop is expected to open in August.
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A new drive-through coffee shop is expected to open this month in Park Rapids.

Scooter’s Coffee will be located at 100 Park Ave. S., the southeast corner of State Hwy. 34 and U.S. Hwy. 71, where there was previously an Orton’s convenience store.

The drive-through kiosk will be one of nearly 500 stores in a rapidly growing chain that currently has locations in 26 states. Scooter’s Coffee was founded in 1998 by Don and Linda Eckles in Bellevue, Nebraska, and is headquartered in Omaha.

According to a Scooter’s Coffee spokesperson, the new store will employ approximately 15 workers. To explore job opportunities, visit

“New Scooter’s Coffee locations are chosen by a number of factors,” the spokesperson said. “A lot of times, the franchisees have a connection to the community. Other times, we see that a community shares our core values.”


According to the company’s website, the chain is known for serving such drinks as the “Caramelicious” with happy-face stickers on the cups, to brighten customers’ day.

Menu items include specialty espresso drinks, coffee, fruit smoothies, Red Bull infusions, cold brew, pastries, breakfast items and a recently-added line of canned flavored lattes, the spokesperson said.

A blog post on the company’s website states that the first Scooter’s location in Minnesota opened on Dec. 11, 2020 in Fairmont. A store locator on the website currently lists 12 existing or pending locations statewide, including coffee shops in St. Cloud, Fergus Falls, Thief River Falls and one coming soon in Alexandria.

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