Starbucks Breaks Ground on Dove Valley Road

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This 180-degree panorama shows the main Fry’s building (and existing Starbucks) at left/north, the recently opened Burger King, the new construction site for Starbucks, and the existing gas station (right/south). Click to enlarge. Photo by Robert Roy Britt

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.

Robert Roy Britt
NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels.
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NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels.

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