Just to clarify I don't want it to push out the smaller coffee shops but considering other options - it will help dress up the corner (the CVS/Jewel look like they are in the 80's) and it will help the community.
I do agree that 4 Starbucks locations in the area is a bit excessive but so is the 10 Dunkin Doughnuts locations in Portage Park and Jefferson Park that no one complains about. People have a negative view towards Starbucks coming in because it signifies a change in the area and it makes people uneasy that their area is going to turn into something they do not want. The old Browns chicken location is an eyesore with its spray painted over signs and vacant rundown look. Having a visually appealing business like Starbucks will help the overall look of that corner and will be better than having another fast food restaurant planted in that location which might hurt the local business of Beef Belly across the street.
i don't have a negative view towards starbucks, i have a negative view of over-saturation. i have a negative view of potential missed opportunities.
I did some google maps work - these 4 starbucks are within 0.75 sq mi. I'm sure there's more than 10 dunkin donuts locations between JP and Portage, but combined they make up 6.35 sq miles. in order to have that same level of saturation there would need to be 34 dunkin donuts locations between the two neighborhoods. while it's possible there are that many, i find it highly unlikely and really don't have it in me to do that much lookin' right now. if somebody wants to prove me wrong, please do.
regarding the painted signs -- those have been gone for at least 10 days (first time i noticed them being gone, and as can also be seen in the main picture of this article). at this point it would be another vacant property, and while not ideal by any stretch adding another starbucks is a missed opportunity.
a missed opportunity for a building that's capable of being rehabbed, with an existing drive-thru, kitchen, and potential dining area.
BelmontCentral, what 4 locations are you talking about? This new location is a mile from the proposed location at IPR and central, and 3 miles from the newest location on NW highway . Not sure where you're getting this .75 mile.
@ Jay Smith... Truth! This neighborhood shows its reluctance to progress / change at every turn. I am excited about Sbux in our hood and will dance in my backyard should there ever be a Trader Joe's!!!
I see where you're getting the .75 now, but I still don't understand the problem. The OIP and Cicero locations are close together, but the new location up in JP isn't anywhere near the others, as far as communities go. Why should JP not have a Starbucks, just because it's a mile from another?
@Mabb.... This is exactly what I am talking about. So small picture: TJs had recalls (like everyone had) and as a consequence you don't want it in the neighborhood. Big picture: a successful grocery store that attracts people to the neighborhood pushing it forward.
Nothing is ever perfect. But to me progress over perfection is better than empty, ugly storefronts or yet another Dental office, loan shark or mattress store.