Report: Starbucks Opening at 125 Division Street

Posted on: June 11th, 2012 at 6:48 am by

Run for the hills, folks. Just a few months after opening an East Village outpost at 49 First Avenue, one of the last frontiers of old-school Chinese Lower East Side may soon get screwed by the same Seattle coffee corporation. Yup.

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Alas, reliable sources are saying that Starbucks is headed for the sleepy stretch of Division Street between Orchard and Ludlow. More precisely, the adjoining rear commercial establishment of the recently-constructed condo at 136 East Broadway (aka 125 Division). There hasn’t been much in the way of activity here for years, but last week a handful of neighbors reported seeing some rustling onsite. For what it’s worth, the “store locator” on the website is devoid of any information.

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Breathe – a Starbucks deep in the hinterlands below Delancey (BelDel, LoDel, or whatever the hell they’re calling it these days). Obviously the possibility of having a Starbucks here is detrimental to nearby indie coffee shop newcomers like Cafe Grumpy and Lost Weekend.

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If proven true, these developments wouldn’t be completely surprising, especially given the swift gentrification happening down here of late. Seriously, have a look around; there are three hotels under construction within a block of 125 Division (i.e. Marriott, Howard Johnson, and unnamed inside Jarmulowsky).

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