The Coronado City Council Coronado Planning Commission just shot down Starbuck's request to open a second location at 135 Orange Avenue due to the competition it would create for two "Mom & Pop" businesses near the location. Tartine and Boney's Bayside Market both run successful coffee businesses that are not chains. Coronado seems to struggle to maintain its quaint small-town feel as bigger business threaten to take over Orange Ave.
So, why is it that a HUGE company like Walgreens was approved and will open its' doors in Coronado soon when Central Drug has been serving Coronado since 1893 as an independently owned neighborhood pharmacy. Why is Walgreens an exception? Upon opening the newest location, Walgreens will be across the street from a competing chain drug store, CVS and both will compete with Central Drug.
One argument for opening a Walgreens that was brought up to me was this: What else would fill that huge, and probably extremely expensive piece of property on Orange Ave besides a large company?
This is a very good point. However, if this is the reasoning behind it, it seems to me that eventually Orange Ave will consist solely of large chain business because that is all that will be able to survive on the expensive real-estate.
What do you think of the decision to open a Walgreens and not allow another Starbucks?
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