MITCHELL, S.D. — Several Mitchell coffee shop owners say increased competition from new businesses is good, but that the area could hit its capacity for coffee options.

In total, there are five locally-owned, non-chain coffee shops in Mitchell, and at least 25 other fast-food joints, gas stations and restaurants that also sell coffee, The Daily Republic ( ) reported.

“There’s definitely a demand and there’s a demand for convenience,” said Shelby Holmberg of Hot Shots Espresso.

Area residents have nicknamed quaint coffee shops that offer beverages and small food items in a drive-thru “box shops.” In recent years, three “box shops” and three chain coffee shops have opened.

Karmen McCain, owner of Cafe Teresa, said she lost some business when the first “box shop” opened.

“I think we’re capped out on coffee,” McCain said. “If they put anymore in, somebody’s going to get hurt.”

Neil Hardy, owner of the Grounded Espresso Bar, said Mitchell could be hitting its coffee shop threshold and there is no need for more opening in the city.

“I say that our town is unique in fact that we’re small enough and we still support the local person but yet big enough that we can all survive,” Hardy said.

Mitchell Chamber of Commerce director Sonya Moller said it’s good for Mitchell to have a variety of shops for residents and visitors.

“It’s no different than having multiple restaurants to choose from or clothing shops to choose from, or other services here,” Moller said. “All of it is wonderful and it’s making Mitchell a unique and surprising place.”

Information from: The Daily Republic,

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