Wednesday, June 11, 2008 4:12:45 PM
There was a certain pride (or snootiness) of having avoided SBX (their ticker symbol) within the Blagden Alley and Naylor Court neighborhood. Actually, they may have thought we were not worth the effort. A couple of the local merchants have called Starbucks asking whether they they planned a coffee shop here or not.
There was a fairly firm "No", at least not in the next five years.
But at the Marriott briefing on the new Convention Center Hotel at the May 22 WCCA Advisory Committee meeting, the Marriott folks bragged about a Starbucks being slotted for one of the shops on the Ninth Street side. So there may very well be a Starbucks here in four years.
Personally, it won't affect Azi's or Starbucks. Folks headed to the
But it does make sense for Marriott. Clyde Hassenpfeffer just in from a small town east of Indianapolis will recognize the name and think he's in a high class hotel. The second day, when he wants a decent breakfast at a non-hotel price, and he's going to the Convention Center anyway, he'll walk up to Breakwells. (Or she, I guess. Got to be careful here.)