Comment 95355

By jason (registered) | Posted November 30, 2013 at 10:57:04 in reply to Comment 95353

Based on behind the scenes convos, Starbucks has been eyeing a JS spot long before Nations arrived. There's 20,000 office workers within spitting distance of the Sheraton, along with a very young college/university crowd. Nations is just one of a long series of investments and improvements in that area that is leading to new retailers and groups like Starbucks wanting to located in a downtown that 5 years ago they had no interest in. From the folks in the know that I've chatted with, the 20,000 office workers and upcoming Mac Health campus and new hotels/condos from Hess-Bay has really been the driver behind this.

Also, a Sheraton manager told me last week that along with the Starbucks, which opens on Monday, they are building a new restaurant in the lobby which will either be a sushi bar or oyster bar. They haven't yet decided.

Based on the constant crowds in Starbucks on Locke, and across from Mac and in the new Coffee Culture on King, I suspect we'll see more corporate chains arriving downtown. Those 3 coffee shops are always busy, day and night. I've been pleasantly surprised to see how busy Coffee Culture is late in the evening, every night of the week. I suspect the same will ring true of the JS Starbucks.

Comment edited by jason on 2013-11-30 10:59:23

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