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Starbucks Gets Cold Shoulder From Southie

There's some opposition to a proposed new location

Starbucks near the Broadway MBTA station
Starbucks near the Broadway MBTA station
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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 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.

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.

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