Business district will see finally see Starbucks

10.9.2007 by AndrĂ© Natta · → 2 Comments

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Harbert Realty Services and Concord Hospitality announced earlier this morning that Birmingham’s new Marriott Renaissance Hotel (being built in the City Center at 5th Avenue North and 20th Street) will also be home to a brand-new Starbucks Coffee location.

The Starbucks store will be a convenience for hotel guests and surrounding businesses. It will be interesting to see how their arrival, though still some time off, will affect the business of our current crop of downtown coffeehouses, most notably Java and Jams, who only recently opened in June.

The downtown area’s newest coffeehouse is located one block south of the proposed Starbucks location, which would be the 20th in the metropolitan area based on current numbers and the 5th for Birmingham city center area.

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CJ
CJ

That's fascinating... I've heard people wishing for a downtown Starbucks for YEARS. At the same time, I am personally not the biggest fan of Starbucks. I'm not one of those "Starbucks is of the devil" types, and I actually have a cup of Tazo tea steeping at my desk right now. However, I much prefer local coffee shops, and downtown already has plenty. The O'Henry's in the Amsouth (er, Regions)-Harbert Plaza is between Fifth and Sixth avenues, on 20th Street. Safari Cup is just blocks away on Richard Arrington. And with the recent addition of Java and Jams, there finally IS a coffee shop downtown that remains open after hours. I think, in the years without a downtown Starbucks, local entrepreneurs have succeeded in closing the gap. But people love the familiar, whether I think they should or not. And if they put in a Starbucks, I'm sure it'll succeed. Now I wonder if it'll be a full-fledged Sbx or your typical dinky hotel Sbx. Not that it would matter much to most of the masses...

CJ
CJ

That's fascinating... I've heard people wishing for a downtown Starbucks for YEARS. At the same time, I am personally not the biggest fan of Starbucks. I'm not one of those "Starbucks is of the devil" types, and I actually have a cup of Tazo tea steeping at my desk right now. However, I much prefer local coffee shops, and downtown already has plenty. The O'Henry's in the Amsouth (er, Regions)-Harbert Plaza is between Fifth and Sixth avenues, on 20th Street. Safari Cup is just blocks away on Richard Arrington. And with the recent addition of Java and Jams, there finally IS a coffee shop downtown that remains open after hours. I think, in the years without a downtown Starbucks, local entrepreneurs have succeeded in closing the gap. But people love the familiar, whether I think they should or not. And if they put in a Starbucks, I'm sure it'll succeed. Now I wonder if it'll be a full-fledged Sbx or your typical dinky hotel Sbx. Not that it would matter much to most of the masses...