Dutch Bros. Coffee will quietly open its first Tucson stand on Oct. 2, followed by its big grand opening Oct. 9, when it's expected to dole out free 16-ounce drinks as a way of saying howdy.

The 824-square-foot shop in the busy sandwich-shop heavy South Wilmot-East Broadway corner is the Oregon-based caffeine peddler's entry into Tucson. It also has plans to open a shop off Interstate 10 and Cortaro Farms Road in a proposed 21-acre mixed-use project anchored by a 32,500-square-foot Carondelet Health Network micro-hospital.

Serial Grillers also plans to open in the Marana plaza, according to development plans. Preliminary work on the site has begun, but no construction schedule has been released.

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