New ownership for Outer Banks’ Front Porch Cafe coffee shops

The Front Porch Cafe coffee shops are changing owners July 1. [Submitted photo]

The owners of Chip’s Wine and Beer Market in Kill Devil Hills have purchased Front Porch Café, Kill Devil Coffee Roasters and OBX Pottery.

Laura and Phil Wayland, owners of the popular market as well as Outer Banks Olive Oil Company, announced the sale Sunday.

For the past 11 years, Laura and Phil have operated the milepost 6 location of Chip’s Wine & Beer. Today, they have three Outer Banks Olive Oil locations in Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, and Duck, as well as the original Chip’s Wine & Beer in Kill Devil Hills.

Laura and Phil’s long-term business neighbor relationship with Front Porch at the Mile Post 6 Plaza made them “ideal candidates to take over the reins of one of the OBX’s most beloved brands,” the business said in a news release.

The Waylands say there are no plans to change what is an “outstanding and thriving business model moving forward.”

Paul Manning and Susannah Sakal launched the original Front Porch Café at Mile Post 6 Plaza in Kill Devil Hills in 1999.

“Through hard work and a passion for the community that supported them, the Front Porch Café has grown to three locations in Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Manteo,” the release said.

In addition to the retail coffee shop side of the business, many local restaurants and grocery stores are supplied by the fresh, locally roasted coffees from Kill Devil Coffee Roasters.

Ownership will transition on July 1, and Paul and Susannah will remain a part of the business during a transition period over the summer. They plan to spend more time traveling and sailing but remain in the community that they love, the release said.

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