Indie Coffee Roasters owner Diane McAndrews said one of the reasons the Carmel coffee shop is expanding to West Lafayette is because she loves Purdue, but that’s not the only motivation.
For one, she said the timing is right. Indie Coffee Roasters was looking to expand at the same time Carmel-based Old Town Companies planned to build a mixed-use development called Provenance at Discovery Park District with multi-family and single-family homes and retail development in West Lafayette near Purdue University.
“We thought about potential, and (Old Town Companies owner) Justin Moffett builds a community, and we like to be part of a community,” McAndrews said.
The new Indie Coffee Roasters store is expected to open by early September. The space will be similar to the Carmel location at 220 E. Main St., in which there will be an open bar and similar décor. The menu also will be the same, but McAndrews said she expects to use a pastry chef local to West Lafayette.
McAndrews said she liked that Indie Coffee Roasters could grow with a community that also was experiencing growth.
“I think the Provenance location was the right time, right location,” McAndrews said. “We could be part of the community as the community was growing and grow with it as they develop the houses. We are far enough away it wouldn’t take away what we have here in Carmel, and there are students who have gone to Carmel High School now going to West Lafayette, and we can follow that community and make it familiar for them.”
In addition to growing its footprint, Indie Coffee Roasters has made changes in other areas, too. It recently updated its bags for bagged coffee and also is working to grow its website.
Old Town Companies Community Collaborator Rebecca McGuckin said it made sense for Indie Coffee Roasters and Old Town Companies to partner together.
“Both Old Town and Indie Coffee Roasters are just around the corner from each other (in Carmel), and we can appreciate what a great addition they are to our community in Carmel,” McGuckin said. “We are really excited to have this partnership to see the same momentum at Purdue.”