Yet again, Starbucks is opening next to Starbucks. Ground was broken last week on a free-standing version of the Seattle-based java company in Canyon Crossing (aka Fry’s plaza) on Dove Valley Road, on a pad that will include one or two other businesses at the southeast corner of the plaza. There is, of course, a Starbucks inside that Fry’s.
“We’re going to have a drive-through and a big patio, way oversized [compared to ] any other Starbucks,” developer David Beckham of Beckham Gumbin Ventures told North Phoenix News.
The contract was finalized April 13. Starbucks will occupy 2,500 square feet, leaving 3,600 square feet in the pad for other businesses. Beckham is in negotiations with other potential tenants, but isn’t ready to say who they might be. He’s also lining up tenants for the last two retail slots in the main Fry’s building. That will leave one undeveloped pad in the plaza, in the northeast corner.
The developer has taken a relatively slow, thoughtful approach to choosing complementary tenants in the plaza, Beckham said, rather than just taking anyone willing to pay the rent. “We’re going to own this center forever,” he said. “We have no interest in selling it.”
Karen Goveia contributed to this story.
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