Starbucks blends in with a neighborhood. Starbucks provides a service more important than drugs or food. Starbucks will build a store for pedestrians. Starbucks is an indicator of a healthy retail environment. Starbucks attracts good-looking women.
A vote for CVS is a vote for Walgreen's...or is it the other way round? I voted Starbucks, more out of pedestrian friendliness than anything else. Ok, that and the caramel macchiato. Subway would be ok, too, though. There's a 1950's-era diner in our city that's been turned into a Subway--they just put their signs around the top, so the essential diner look is unchanged. Pretty cool reuse, considering it could have been torn down.
I voted Starbucks, Food, and they can move into just about any location, with out having to build a new building, unlike CVS or Mc Donald’s where they have mostly cookie cutter buildings. That, and Starbucks is pedestrian friendly!
I voted Walgreen's only because we're probably getting one anyway. They have an application in for a plan amendment/rezone at the end of my street, and as a county planner I really don't want to go up in front of the commission as a private citizen protesting this.
I voted Walgreens. I have a Long's (a California regional drugstore chain) in my neighborhood two blocks away. If you want to "be able to walk to a store to get a carton of milk," that's the place. Plus, they have a pretty good garden supplies section, including a department manager who likes Mexican pots.
Its a semi-ugly ugly strip building, but since its on a major arterial anyway, I'll choose the convenience. Also, Walgreens in Northern California will actually hire good (or at least interesting) architects, if a neighborhood or city forces them too. Not that "any corporate architecture is ok with us" Vacaville WOULD force them too.
I emphaticly agree with the reasoning for starbucks. To all those who listed CVS/Walgreens, I advise you to come and visit the vacated drugstores within the City of Detroit and its ring communities. These companies will not hesitate to abandon facilities if short term profit (3 years) is not what they expect it to be, and can be notoriously difficult to get to maintain landscaping! Of course, proper site plan review and ordinance enforcement can always help sustain a pleasant environment!
Starbucks for me. While they are the 800 lb. gorilla of their industry, they sure have increased the availability of good coffee. When I moved to Denver 10 years ago, I was working in a part of town that was entirely devoid of decent brew and I'd Thermos my own stuff for the day just to get by. Thanks to SB, I no longer have to do that.
From what they add to the bult environment, I have yet to see one of their sites that hasn't been an improvement to what existed previously. The typical site succcess story is the tired strip center that gets rejuvenated by virtue of their occupancy.
And, at least in this market, I've yet to see the arrival of a new SB blow away the small independent coffeehouse ala the WalMart model.
I chose starbucks too, but it was the "best of a bad lot" choice. I don't think any of those adds anything to the community.
What I think is important in terms of chains is to get stores that offer things neighborhoods generally can't provide for themselves. For instance, there aren't a lot of meat markets (any?) anymore, so the only place to buy meat is at a supermarket. So a supermarket with a butcher shop would benefit the community.
I like my neighborhood's Jewel store for that reason, although I only buy about a quarter of the food I eat there. Also Jewel is willing to make their stores fit the neighborhood if pressed. Unfortunatly, mine dosen't.
Actually, I remember seeing a lot of independent supermarkets on Devon St. I'm not sure if they had butcher shops or not. Meat probably isn't in high demand in that area anyway.
By the way, BKM, I buy my milk at a place run by an Arabic family called "La Fiesta". You don't need Walgreens for that.
I voted Starbucks simply 'cause they're the best of a list of poor choices. Like many have said. SB generally DOES improve the 'hood into which they move simply through image, and we all know how vain we are in this soceity! Would I frequent it? Probably would, it IS a good place to meet and greet, but any coffee shop would be able to do that. A close second would be Radio Shack. They're locally owned establishments and do provide a service not often found with in walking distance.