A vacant space on Broadway in South Boston could become home to a Starbucks, but some in the neighborhood propose the addition. At a community meeting on Monday night, some residents expressed concerns over having the corporate coffee giant take over the 749 E Broadway storefront, as Boston.com reported.
People shared fears that Starbucks would detract money from local shops and that it would not positively impact the community, and a spokesperson for Mayor Marty Walsh apparently said the administration would not support Starbucks' license application as a result of the neighborhood response. Starbucks was set to go before the licensing board on Wednesday morning.
A proposed project involving Brian Poe, Gordon Wilcox, and Michael Norton was previously planned for the 749 E Broadway space, but they have moved on from the location to secure a license for a new space nearby, according to a rep.
There is one Starbucks close to this proposed location, at 11 W Broadway, near the Broadway MBTA station. Other coffee shops in the area include PS Gourmet Coffee, Molly Moo's Ice Cream and Cafe, Boston Bagel Company, and Sidewalk Cafe, among others.