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Starbucks Coming to Dempster and Dodge

The coffee shop will fill the space formerly occupied by KFC.

The former KFC space at Dempster and Dodge will be turned into a Starbucks as early as this fall, according to a press release from the city. The Evanston Planning and Zoning Division approved the application Thursday.

“Not only will this addition provide residents, students and visitors with another option for coffee and snacks, it's a statement that Dempster/Dodge development is moving in a positive direction. While there is more work to be done, the addition of Starbucks will provide momentum to our continued efforts to bring high quality retail and services to the area,” 2nd Ward Ald. Peter Braithwaite said in an email to constituents.

John Chrusciel February 22, 2014 at 01:36 PM
Abigail, I am all for progress and getting the Dempster Dodge Mall and the area up and running with some quality businesses. But look at the massive turnover at that mall. Nothing lasts. (Well the pizza place is still there). Did you ever think there might be a problem with the neighborhood there? Go east and it gets nice real fast. Go west and it gets nice. Go south and it gets nice. Go north towards the HS and well, its not so good. The discount gas station just west of there has been robbed many times and there is lots of trouble there. The parking lot across from the CMC, there is always someone trying to steal from the vehicles there or trying to sleep in the parked cars. And the corner of Dempster and Dodge has a heavy police presence right after school gets out. I am sure the cops are always there for a reason. The reason is..there are problems in that neighborhood.
Lora Kirk February 23, 2014 at 03:31 PM
Jordan, you've crossed the line by personally attacking Abigail. It's unnecessary to be rude in a simple discussion about neighborhood stores. Abigail responded to your "4-block radius" generalization in an accurate manner. No one that lives in this neighborhood denies that there is a problem with crime along Dodge north of Dempster. That was her point in mentioning the other 75% of the area. And that's why, with the Mayor's infinite wisdom, we're getting Homeland Security cameras installed along Dodge <sigh>. I think the idea of a shooting range is interesting, as I'd like to see the thugs learn better aim so they are more accurate when they shoot at each other & innocent bystanders are no longer injured by crossfire. Does a commercial range require proof of registration & a FOID card? I agree thst Starbucks entering that corner may bode well for luring other businesses to the area. It's unfortunate that the indepently-owned Perla Cafe, less than a half-block east, may suffer, although it's possible that their customer base will remain unaffected by the entrance of Starbucks to the area. An interview with Perla's owner by the Patch would be appreciated. The demographic & traffic necessary to support a Mariano's or Whole Foods is different from that which is necessary to support a Starbucks (esp. with a drive-through). I doubt that Starbucks Corp makes their site choices w/o solid numbers to support the placement. Please try to refrain from hitting the Post button before you ensure your post is on-topic & civil.
jim February 23, 2014 at 03:45 PM
Lora I don't think Abigail was all peaches and cream in her comments either. Not sure why people need to name call
Jordan S. Zoot February 23, 2014 at 03:48 PM
Lora....if you go back and read I wasn't the one that made the first personal attack. I merely "returned the favor" ["Jordan you are annoying and obviously don't know the city of Evanston very well."]. There is no such thing as "proof of registration". A FOID card is either required, or a person brought as a guest must be accompanied by a person with a FOID card. The notion that any of the "thugs" would be able to utilize the range is insane. The last thing anyone that is responsible ought be attempting to do is provide a prohibited person to do anything with a firearm.
Shep Ellis February 23, 2014 at 06:48 PM
Zoot , thanks for sticking up for me. The fool comment was a little bazaar. I would be interested in pursuing the possibility of a gun range in Evanston. I'm from Arizona where a handgun was one of my work tools! Lets talk!

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