Starbucks representatives armed with renderings, color palettes and pledges of community involvement tried to calm tensions sparked by their plan to open a location in the Montrose Shopping Park on Honolulu Avenue.
“We’re not evil corporate America,” Mike Abbate, store development manager, told about 20 business owners at a Montrose Shopping Park Assn. meeting on Thursday. “That’s not part of our fiber.“
Last month, concerns arose from existing business owners that a Starbucks was a poor fit the shopping park’s independent feel and that there would be inadequate parking for the influx of customers.
It would also be across the street from a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.
Starbucks, which plans to move into the storefront that currently houses Color Me Mine on the southeast corner of Honolulu Avenue and Ocean View Boulevard, is seeking a parking reduction permit with the city that would allow 15 fewer parking spaces than required by city code. No hearing has been scheduled, but Bradley Collin, a senior city planner, said it would likely come up for review before the end of the year.