CLIFTON PARK — Uncommon Grounds, a local coffee and bagel joint, continues to expand its reach in the Capital Region with a new location in Clifton Park.
The shop, which now offers a wide variety of teas, coffees, bagels, sweets and sandwiches, first opened in downtown Saratoga back in 1992. Five years later, the coffee shop added an Albany location in a small shopping plaza on Western Avenue.
The new location is slotted to open in the old Starbucks storefront in Clifton Park’s Village Plaza by March.
Dan Murphy, the owner of Uncommon Grounds, said the space is about 3,100 square feet. Uncommon Grounds now has a 10-year lease with the property’s owner, Windsor Development.
When asked why he chose to open another coffee shop in Clifton Park, Murphy said, “We have two locations – one in Saratoga and one in Albany. Saratoga is more of a community [with a] downtown [and] retail stores surrounding us. Our Albany location is in a smaller plaza with parking. Clifton Park is something in between. It’s a community of stores and also has parking. There’s enough people there to support it.”
Since they opened their doors in downtown Saratoga in 1992, Uncommon Grounds has become an increasingly popular place to meet new people and catch up with old friends over a cup of coffee. It has managed to stay relevant and unique in the age of Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts by sticking to its core values. “We haven’t changed,” said Murphy.
“We introduce new drinks, but we’ve always roasted our coffee. We’re constantly doing that. We bring green coffee from all around the world and roast it here. It’s always been fresh, but we’re always trying to improve it,” said Murphy. “It’s nothing earth-shattering, but that philosophy keeps us competitive.”
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