A “cuppa” latte or macchiato is going to be easier to find in Port Isabel.

Starbucks is building a new coffee shop at the intersection of State Highway 48 and State Highway 100.

“We do have a Starbucks coming into town, but I really don’t know much of the specifications right now,” Robert Salinas, administrator for the Port Isabel Economic Development Corp., said yesterday.

“They’re already working on the site and I believe they’re putting up cinder blocks,” he added.

The $300,000 new construction will consist of a shell building and parking lot for the coffee franchise.

Starbucks has three locations in Harlingen and another three in Brownsville.

But this will be the first Starbucks location in the Port Isabel-South Padre Island area.

Work is expected to be completed by late spring or early summer, according to documents Starbucks has filed with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

The Starbucks will be located near the intersection of state highways 100 and 48 in front of the Bealls Department Store at 1750 State Highway 100, officials said.

“I think it’s going to be great for the community,” Salinas said. “I think they’re going to do great and I wish them the best of luck.”

By RICK KELLEY Staff Writer