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Joe Bean's announces new location on Lakeside Drive

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A new Joe Bean’s will be opening at 2123 Lakeside Drive this spring.

Joe Bean’s Express Espresso, a drive-thru that serves brewed coffee, specialty coffee drinks, fruit smoothies and other beverages and baked items, has locations in Lynchburg and Forest as well as in Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell counties.

Owner Linda Brown said construction will begin on the drive-thru trailer on April 8 and will be complete in eight weeks.

“So hopefully we would be open a week or two after that,” Brown said.

She added hiring will begin after Easter for all positions and the new location will be open Monday through Saturday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The drive-thru will be located at the former Auto Connection site.

“I was looking for another location and that part of town really doesn’t have any drive-thru coffee,” Brown said. “You have Givens which has a nice, lovely sit-down cafe. So, I thought it’s close to University of Lynchburg and on the way to E.C. Glass and it’s on the way to downtown. So, it was an underserved area. And that location with that big parking lot was perfect for us.”

This is its eighth location, Brown said. She started the local business in 2000 on Timberlake Road.

“We’re 100% female locally owned and we’re not a franchise,” she said.


Her husband, who has 50 years in the coffee industry, is her right-hand man.

“I think that’s why we’re so successful because he started back in the ‘70s when espresso and coffee started getting going and he learned to roast, he learned how to cup, how to sell and how to fix machines. He does all our repair work. So, he is our coffee knowledge guy and then with my background in restaurant management and customer service, between the two of us we make a really nice team,” she said.