Star­bucks, IHOP head to open lo­ca­tions in Taos

Santa Fe New Mexican - - LOCAL & REGION - By Jesse Moya The Taos News

TAOS — Star­bucks and IHOP could soon bring their re­spec­tive brands of cof­fee and pan­cakes to Taos.

The es­tab­lish­ments will not be seek­ing to build new lo­ca­tions. In­stead, “help wanted” signs and ban­ners in­di­cate IHOP will move into the old Ap­ple­bee’s restau­rant and Star­bucks will be lo­cated inside Al­bert­sons, both off Paseo del Pue­blo Sur.

Al­bert­sons posted no­tices for barista and man­ager po­si­tions for the Star­bucks on its front win­dows a cou­ple of weeks ago. In ad­di­tion, white boxes with the green Star­bucks siren logo have been spot­ted in the store in re­cent weeks. The store also has a “Now Hir­ing” sign for Star­bucks in its north en­trance.

While lo­cal man­age­ment was un­able to of­fer a com­ment to The Taos News, the po­si­tions were posted on the doors of the busi­ness as re­cently as Sept. 10.

Star­bucks cor­po­rate media of­fices did not re­spond to a mes­sage re­quest­ing com­ment.

IHOP cre­ated a com­mo­tion in the com­mu­nity in mid-September with a “com­ing soon” ban­ner hang­ing out­side of the old Ap­ple­bee’s build­ing, which has been aban­doned and van­dal­ized heav­ily since the busi­ness va­cated more than four years ago.

“At this time, I don’t have any in­for­ma­tion to share re­gard­ing a pend­ing restau­rant,” said Adam Korn, IHOP se­nior man­ager of brand com­mu­ni­ca­tions, in an email.

Taos Se­nior Plan­ner John Miller said IHOP submitted an ap­pli­ca­tion Sept. 8 and that he was re­view­ing it. The ap­pli­ca­tion called for ren­o­va­tions of seat­ing, car­pet­ing and kitchen ar­eas in the build­ing.

This story first ap­peared on the web­site of The Taos News ,a sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion to The Santa Fe New Mex­i­can.

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