Comment 17194

By statius (registered) | Posted January 15, 2008 at 14:17:33

Actually, Starbucks ownership is not local. The shops are, with some exceptions, 100% corporately owned company stores, not franchises. Thus unfortunately the only local wealth creation the Locke Street store creates will be either direct but minimal (to the staff) or indirect and nonquantifiable (e.g. to the surrounding area businesses, as discussed above). On the balance, I still think it's going to be a plus.

For the record, I never said that the Bad Dog brew was bad, but rather "not nearly so good as all the posturing here would seem to suggest". I didn't gag or anything. But for that matter, I don't really mind an americano from Starbucks either ...

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