Coffee to go

While Star­bucks will still have two lo­ca­tions in Char­lot­te­town, the taps will be turn­ing off at the cor­ner of Kent and Great Ge­orge streets

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVE STE­WART dstew­art@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/@DveSte­wart

Star­bucks turn­ing taps off at the cor­ner of Kent and Great Ge­orge streets in Char­lot­te­town.

Spe­cialty coffee gi­ant Star­bucks is clos­ing one of its two lo­ca­tions in down­town Char­lot­te­town, The Guardian has learned.

Em­ploy­ees at the shop on the cor­ner of Kent and Great Ge­orge streets say it will close when the new Star­bucks opens at Sta­ples on Univer­sity Av­enue on Feb. 1.

The cor­ner of Kent and Great Ge­orge was home to Tweel’s Gift Shop for more than 50 years be­fore it closed and moved out to Cap­i­tal Drive in Char­lot­te­town in 2003.

Star­bucks took over at the cor­ner of Kent and Great Ge­orge streets in Septem­ber 2009, leas­ing about 1,700 square feet of space in the newly ren­o­vated Tweel Build­ing.

The lo­ca­tion is a full ser­vice Star­bucks, car­ry­ing the com­plete line of Star­bucks cof­fees, espresso-based bev­er­ages and iced bev­er­ages, as well as Star­bucks food prod­ucts.

The Star­bucks also op­er­ates a busi­ness on Queen Street so, when all is said and done, there will still be two lo­ca­tions in Char­lot­te­town — Queen Street and Univer­sity Av­enue.

There was no im­me­di­ate re­sponse to a re­quest for an in­ter­view with Star­bucks Coffee Com­pany of­fi­cials.

Dawn Alan, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor with Down­town Char­lot­te­town Inc., said it’s very dis­ap­point­ing news.

She said de­vel­oper Chris Tweel has worked ex­tremely hard to rein­vig­o­rate the Kent/Great Ge­orge streets cor­ner, with Star­bucks on one side of the street and McInnes Cooper oc­cu­py­ing the top three floors across the street in the old Sam The Record Man build­ing.

“Star­bucks brought new life to that cor­ner as Chris Tweel knew it would when he orig­i­nally sought them out,’’ Alan said Mon­day.

“We have sev­eral great coffee shops on and around that block; all dif­fer­ent; all busy . . . and we have proven that all can do well, so we know an­other will also do well in that lo­ca­tion.’’

One re­peat cus­tomer at the Kent Street lo­ca­tion, who didn’t want to give his name, said he was sur­prised to hear the news.

The man said even though there are other coffee shops in the im­me­di­ate area, such as Ti­mothy’s, Beanz, Robin’s Donuts and Tim Hor­tons, there is plenty of foot traf­fic with the Jean Can­field fed­eral build­ing, In­vesco, McInnes Cooper and the Depart­ment of Veter­ans Affairs.

Alan said she has zero doubt that Chris Tweel will fill the va­cancy quickly.

“He’s do­ing such a great job of re­vi­tal­iz­ing. This presents just a short-term set­back but the prom­ise (is) for some­thing ex­cit­ing to come,’’ she said.

HEATHER TAWEEL/THE GUARDIAN

Ann Won­na­cott, left, and Tr­ish Thomp­son en­joy a Star­bucks coffee from the shop on the cor­ner of Kent and Great Ge­orge streets in Char­lot­te­town. The Guardian has learned that once the new Star­bucks lo­ca­tion opens out­side the Sta­ples on Univer­sity Av­enue the spe­cialty coffee com­pany will close this shop. That is ex­pected to hap­pen by Feb. 1.

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