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Do You Want a Starbucks In Waltham?

Take our poll.

Years ago, Starbucks proposed a location in North Waltham, but it was never approved, as However, , does sell Starbucks coffee, but it is not an official location of the chain.

Belmont, Watertown and Newton all have Starbucks locations, but should Waltham?

Take our poll below.

Steve Kosinski November 18, 2011 at 05:43 PM
If Dunkin' Donuts are allowed, why is a Starbucks location even a question. I can think of way worse stores (like the new BJ's on Seyton Rd.) that are way worse than Starbucks.
Jason Wichern November 18, 2011 at 06:31 PM
I cant answer since I dont care if one opens or not. If they want to come to town, and be in a location that is suitable, then welcome to town! I'm pro-business. let whoever wants to open a business here open one- as long as they play by the rules and dont ask for special favors or conditions. I dont always drink coffee, but when i do, I prefer to brew it at home.
Kathleen November 18, 2011 at 11:56 PM
A possible location would be to build a Starbucks at the corner of Newton and Main Streets. There should be enough parking as well as walking traffic and it would pick up the aesthetics of the area (where Sal's once lived).
Michel Provencher November 19, 2011 at 12:25 PM
Yes! The old Sal’s location at Main and Newton Streets would be a good location for a Starbucks. Another possible location could be across from the Mobile station at the corner of Lexington and Trapelo! I think that would be a good location too.
Robert G. Logan November 19, 2011 at 02:54 PM
As mentioned in the story, Starbuck's submitted a proposal years ago (2003) that was rejected due to inadequate parking and on site traffic circulation issues. They have never come back with another proposal. FYI - A bank is looking to build on the former Sal's Restaurant site. Robert G. Logan Councillor Ward 9
Kathleen November 20, 2011 at 12:10 AM
Actually, there was a covenience store that was located where the Radio Shack now lives and in their lease they had a no compete clause, which meant the convenience store had the right to refuse any shop that would sell coffee. Starbucks actually offered to pay them a certain fee if the convenience store would allow Starbucks to occupy one of the vacant spaces in that area, but they wouldn't.
Robert G. Logan November 20, 2011 at 02:55 PM
Actually, they came before us for a "fast food" special permit and we asked them to amend their on site traffic circulation and parking layout. This change would have required the consent of another leaseholder on the property, the bank, who refused to give their consent. Therefore, Starbuck's was unable to amend its plan to satisfy the Council, and the permit was denied. Robert G. Logan Councillor Ward 9
Marie Daly April 13, 2012 at 12:44 AM
I would not want a Starbucks at a busy intersection. The one in Cushing Square in Belmont creates a lot of traffic problems.Cars there try to cross 2 lanes of traffic in the middle of an intersection to get in and out of the Starbucks parking lot.

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