Starbucks Wins Lease in Philly Despite Past Resistance

Starbucks Wins Lease in Philly Despite Past Resistance

After overcoming significant community opposition and regulatory hurdles, Starbucks has successfully signed a lease for a new location in Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood at 1405 Frankford Avenue. This decision comes after five years of debate involving local residents and the Zoning Board of Adjustment, which had previously blocked the chain due to zoning restrictions. Local opposition centered around concerns that a national chain would disrupt the area's character, which is known for its independently owned businesses. Despite these challenges, recent developments have allowed for the inclusion of national chains along Frankford Avenue, reflecting a shift in the local retail landscape. Starbucks aims to integrate into the community while maintaining its corporate identity.

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