Starbucks is a staple in most Boston neighborhoods, but two new possible openings are being very differently received.
The first is in Seaport, where the brand is looking to open their sixth location in the area.
Soon coffee lovers in the area will be able to visit the premium Starbucks location at 101 Seaport, as a part of the 17-story office building that is home to the headquarters of PwC.
Opening this summer, this location will feature the brand’s reserve coffee blends that come from Starbucks’ flagship roasting home in Seattle.
This Seaport location comes along with a huge amount of retail openings in that area and hasn’t received any negative feedback about the opening.
In Southie, residents aren’t so excited about the idea of a Starbucks coming to their neighborhood.
The plans for the chain coffee-shop to open at 749 East Broadway have already been denied once at the beginning of this month, due to residents disapproval and the fear that it would disrupt locally owned coffee shops in the area.
Those behind the disapproval are also worried about the possibility of increased traffic at the already busy corner.
Despite these concerns Starbucks is not giving up that easy and have already appealed the rejection, however it is not clear when the proposal will be reconsidered. A spokeswoman for Starbucks has voiced how this proposal can bring something to the community, yet most residents still don’t seem to be on board.
What are your thoughts? Do you think Starbucks will hurt local coffee shops or is it something every neighborhood needs? Let us know!