Last week Kevin Knudson and his wife Michelle, Co-Owners of Cornerhouse Coffee in Big Spring, announced that their business would be closing, and on Friday customers assumed that the beloved coffee house had closed their doors for good. Knudson told KBest News that one of the main reasons they wanted to close their business was because both co-owners are busy pastors at Life Church and they both wanted to spend more time with family.
“We just didn’t have enough revenue to bring somebody on to who could help us kind of give the shop what it needed. So we reached out and were trying to find someone who would be an actual owner/operator but that never came to fruition," said Knudson. "The night before we got ready to close, Mighty Wash who owns Mighty Joe’s, called me and wondered if we were interested in some sort of merger of some sort, an agreement. That’s what we have now. A strategic partnership.”
Knudson stated that both companies have the same values and mission, in that they were aligned a lot alike with what they’re trying to do for the community.
Beginning next week, Cornerhouse Coffee will shift their operations and a majority of their employees down the street, to 1001 Scurry St., next to Mighty Wash.
"You'll see Cornerhouse Coffee signage and you'll have the Cornerhouse quality and convenience, and the consistency that you got normally from Cornerhouse. You'll see [all of] that at Mighty Joe's old driver-thru; it'll become a Cornerhouse drive-thru," stated Knudson. "The house down on Scurry that formerly housed Cornerhouse, we're gonna keep empty for a season and then we're gonna come back with something that we think is gonna be really beneficial for the city as well. So, it's going to be kind of a cool combination. "
Knudson went on to say this partnership seemed like a good fit because over 80% of their sales at the original location were made through the drive-thru.
When asked what the benefits will result from this partnership, Knudson stated, "They're in the car washing business; we're in the coffee business, but they had this building available on their property. So, we get to do what we like to do and utilize a really first class facility that will create a real convenient environment."
The drive through will still be called, “Cornerhouse Coffee” and the Knudson’s will still be co-owners, and Michelle will still oversee quality control but someone else will be over the day-to-day operations. It was noted that customers will still be able to get the quality that they’re looking for and with more employees being able to work the stations and equipment, ideally, customers should see less waiting time. Plus, if you still have punch cards that have not been redeemed, Cornerhouse will still accept them.
“I just always want to thank the people of Big Spring for really supporting Cornerhouse," said Knudson. "We definitely felt it when everybody knew we were closing down, just all of the best wishes, and in a sense, people were heartbroken that we were closing down. Hopefully, they’ll come back and support us, even in this new way of doing things and they’ll see that local businesses can still thrive."
Knudson went on to say that with the recent closures of Cornerhouse Coffee and Mighty Joe, people in the community might question if it was possible to sustain a local business.
"We just gotta do business smarter not harder," stated Knudson. "I think Mighty Wash is finding their lane and we’re gonna stay in ours and it’s gonna work out awesome.”