BOSTON – Starbucks is scheduled to speak on Monday night at a neighborhood council in the North End – where he's trying to open a new location.
North End residents are struggling to stop coffee giant Starbucks from opening a location in its historic neighborhood. To tell residents to let Starbucks open would not only ruin the charm of mom-and-pop, but also open the doors to other chains to shop.
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Not only is the president of the North End Waterfront Neighborhood Council pressured to block Starbucks, but he hopes it will trigger a discussion among city officials to issue a regulation that would divert chains and certain businesses into many historic neighborhoods get.
John Pregmon says quarters that have a strong local character, such as the North End and parts of South Boston, should have a chance to retain that charm.
Mayor Marty Walsh also leads the fight against the planned North End Starbucks scheduled for entry into the neighborhood in Hanover Street. Last week, Walsh sent a letter to Starbucks asking them to retire.
Starbucks did not comment on the matter.
In the past, the coffee chain has faced obstacles that have opened stores in South Boston. The city eventually approved this plan in 2016.
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