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Saturday, February 05, 2005

Starbucks up for a vote

The Starbucks venture will be up for a vote at the next council meeting.
DECATUR - The city of Decatur has been brewing a plan to bring a Starbucks Coffee to town.
On Monday, the city council will vote on that plan. The council will be asked to sell 1.22 acres of land flanking the Target store at an emerging retail center at Mound Road and U.S. Business 51.
BSG-STAR intends to develop the land into a 4,900-square-foot retail building, City Manager Steve Garman told council members in a memo. A Starbucks coffee shop is expected to fill about a third of the building. The shop could be open by late fall. The remainder of the building would be developed into similar retail or restaurant uses, Garman said.
As to be expected, I don't see this having any real chance of failing. The most interesting part is that the Starbucks is expected to bring in 40,000 in revenue to the city, and employ 12 to 18 employees. That is a start, but it's far from where we need to be, if we want to turn this thing around. Kudos to the city for landing it.