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September 2nd, 2001

Starbucks Everywhere

When I first set foot into the Dominick’s near my apartment, I looked to my left and saw a Starbucks. There were only about four tables or so, and it was clear that this was an abbreviated Starbucks… but it was still Starbucks.

In the downtown area of my suburb, too, there’s a Starbucks smack dab in the middle. It’s highly visible. Well, we had a new Jewel open up and guess what coffee shop is inside? That’s right, it’s Starbucks! Now both Jewel and Dominick’s have Starbucks inside.

A few weeks ago, upon visiting the home decor store The Great Indoors, what was there? Yep, a Starbucks! And the shopping carts had cupholders up front (unlike Jewel and Dominick’s – the cupholders are right by the handlebars at those grocery stores.) The question is, what’s the deal with Starbucks being the de facto beverage stop?

I’m certainly not one to turn down a tasty beverage. But do we really need Starbucks at Jewel? When I go to the grocery store, I really just want to get in and out as soon as possible; I rarely browse. I’m guessing that Starbucks is an attempt to get people like me to stick around. Here’s how to make it work: give the coffee away for free. Then I’ll think about it. -pm

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FROM: Ryan
DATE: Sunday September 2, 2001 -- 3:47:08PM
I want to go to Starbucks University.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Sunday September 2, 2001 -- 4:09:38PM
It's a pale attempt to be like all of the McDonald's in Wal-Marts.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday September 3, 2001 -- 2:08:12AM
The mistake in your statement was that you don't mind a tasty beverage. But, when did coffee and especially starbucks qualify as that? I am about to chuck a rock through one at the next WTO rally.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Monday September 3, 2001 -- 9:51:49AM
I find coffee to be a tasty beverage, Matt. Starbucks is designed to be a tasty beverage from the get-go, matching the consistency that people expect.

DATE: Monday September 3, 2001 -- 12:29:48PM
Blah. I've never been able to see what people like about coffee. The few times I've been able to force myself to drink it, it tasted pretty much what I think drinking a cigarette would taste like.

Oddly enough, I love coffee ice cream and I really like the smell of coffee beans.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday September 4, 2001 -- 12:03:05AM
Coffee's OK, but I've lost a taste for it since I started drinking tea. Given my past stomach problems, coffee's acidity has always affected me. I do remember one coffee shop in the Cherry Hill Mall that served up an incredible vanilla coffee... ever so rarely I'll have a cup, but rarely.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Tuesday September 4, 2001 -- 2:26:37AM
Thats always been my view of it also, it tastes like what drinking a cigarette would be like. I also love coffee ice cream and the smell of the stuff. Just don't put the liquid near me.

FROM: Chris
DATE: Tuesday September 4, 2001 -- 1:43:26PM
I started eating coffee flavored ice cream and gradually worked my way up to black coffee. My parents never drank much coffee and I just assumed that being able to drink coffe black was THE goal of all coffee drinkers. I will take Krispy Kreme coffee over starbucks anyday.

FROM: Mike B.
DATE: Thursday July 4, 2002 -- 11:46:01 am
I'll always swear by Dunkin' Donuts Coffee over Starbucks. Once I got a package of Starbucks and it said to use literally twice the amount of grounds per serving than any other brand.

FROM: worker
DATE: Monday February 10, 2003 -- 11:04:12 am
i work for starbucks and i like it alot because its fun and i enjoy the coffee actually

DATE: Sunday December 19, 2004 -- 4:42:59 pm
Believe it or not there are no starbucks in reading pensylvania that i know of, the only two i have ever been to is one in pittsburgha dn one a rest stop on he way to pittsburgh

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