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Starbucks planning drive-through-only kiosk at Rose Pavilion

Daycare center, preschool also planned for Vintage Hills Shopping Center

Starbucks is planning to build a drive-through-only coffee shop in the Rose Pavilion just off the I-580/Santa Rita Road interchange.

The Pleasanton Planning Commission approved the bid Wednesday night for a stand-alone kiosk in front of the 99 Ranch Market at the eastern edge of the pavilion. It will have no indoor or outdoor seats for customers, who will order their food and beverages either from drive-up or pedestrian walk-up windows.

Rose Pavilion is an 189,000-square-foot triangular-shaped retail center bordered by Santa Rita and Rosewood Drive. Major tenants in addition to 99 Ranch Market are Macy's Furniture, Carpetland and a new CVS Pharmacy, which replaced an older pharmacy building across from 99 Ranch Market that is now a Halloween costume store.

At Wednesday's meeting, the Planning Commission also considered a bid by Genius Kids to open a child daycare center and preschool with an outdoor play area in the Vintage Hills Shopping Center near New Leaf Community Markets on Bernal Avenue. The faciity would be on the Palomino Drive side of the center.

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Posted by Jill
a resident of California Reflections
on Oct 27, 2015 at 8:27 am

Isn't there already a drive-through only coffee kiosk across the street next to the Shell station? They've been there for over 10 years
Ok City of Pleasanton and Starbucks let's just put them out of business? Really


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Posted by rMake at Home
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 27, 2015 at 9:37 am

It never ceases to amaze me how much people pay for a cup of coffee with strange ingredients added to it, served on a cheesy paper cup. I wonder if walking around with a paper cup that says Starbucks makes them feel important or cool? Who knows...

I have an espresso maker at home, where I can also make a cappuccino, etc. I buy good coffee at PEET's, make at home very, very fast for a very small fraction of what these people pay to stand in line waiting for God knows how long.


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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 27, 2015 at 9:38 am

There is already a thread on this very topic with 21 comments and counting.


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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 27, 2015 at 9:40 am

Look for "Do We Really Need Another Starbucks?" a little ways down from this thread


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Posted by Spudly
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Oct 27, 2015 at 11:59 am

@ Jill...why can't the existing business put Starbucks out of business. Why do you assume Starbucks will win? All depends on the product each company puts out and the choice Pleasanton residents make. If Pleasanton residents don't like another Starbucks, patronize the existing business across the street.


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Oct 27, 2015 at 12:07 pm

@Spudly: "If Pleasanton residents don't like another Starbucks, patronize the existing business across the street."

I never particularly cared for Starbucks, so I did as you said. I patronized another business. In particular, I liked to go to La Boulange in Danville. Good coffee and sandwiches and pastries. Problem solved, right? No. Starbucks bought them out and promptly shut down the La Boulange in Danville along with all other La Boulange locations.


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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Oct 27, 2015 at 1:04 pm

Kind of like the regal cinema buying up our movie theater and then closing it down, the big guys don't have to worry about competition when they can buy them and shut them down!


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Posted by Rob
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 28, 2015 at 5:13 am

I went to one of those Starbucks once. by the time I finally got my coffee it was time to shave again.


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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 28, 2015 at 7:49 am

When it opens, I'll go there, as will many others.
Maybe if the drive-through coffee place at the Shell station ends up closing the workers can go across the street and get jobs at Starbucks.

Rob - you may be right about the wait, each drink is custom made as opposed to McDonalds where they just throw stuff in a bag and hand it to you. Ever been in line and had the person in front of you order 4 or 5 drinks? Oh boy.


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Posted by Mrs bob
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 28, 2015 at 7:57 am

Make coffee at home :
I also make coffee at home, using a variety of brands as well as buy Starbucks. I love their pumpkin spice latte. Had one at peet's yesterday. Sorry not as good. Daughter had a frap at peet's a few weeks ago. Didn't like it. Preferred Starbucks! We ALL have different tastes. Good job there's more than one brand of coffee shop around. I just love the positivity on these comments. 😂


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Posted by Pam
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 29, 2015 at 9:51 am

I like Starbucks and will patroniize it. It is the coffee and indoor environment that makes it good to meet friends. I probably won't do the drive thru but that is because I don't commute. It is predictable in terms of quality unlike other smaller shops. If another business model comes up with a better fit for me, I will go there. Thank god for entrepeneurship.


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Oct 29, 2015 at 10:08 am

@Pam: "If another business model comes up with a better fit for me, I will go there."

Well, you will at least until Starbucks buys it out and shuts it down. That's what happened with the La Boulange I used to go to in Danville.


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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 29, 2015 at 10:14 am

@Pam, you hit on something that I've been noticing for a while. That is, that Starbucks locations have become much more than a place to get a frap. Folks meeting for a first date often meet at the local Starbucks, same with people selling something on Craigslist, or meeting for a job interview, or a business meeting. I was involved in motorcycling and we'd meet in the parking lot of the Livermore Starbucks before heading off.

Of course, it's a little hard to do those things at a drive-through kiosk, but just sayin', in general, Starbucks has become a meeting place in a lot of communities.


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Posted by get an office!
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 29, 2015 at 11:03 am

Peet's burns their coffee so that is a non-starter. Thought I might try the new Starbucks downtown just to sit outside for a bit. No chance. Every single table -- EVERY table -- was taken up by a person on a laptop who looked like they would be there the entire day. Come on people. If you have no office then rent space or get internet access at your own home! Sitting in Starbucks for a short time, or while meeting someone on neutral ground, is fine. But taking up an entire table for the whole day? Just get a life and move on.


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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 29, 2015 at 12:41 pm

@get an office - I think it depends on what Starbucks you go to. I can understand the new downtown location being full.

I too have seen folks that appear to have moved in for the day with laptops, cell phones and papers spread all over their table, with no sign they are leaving anytime soon. Sure, they buy a drink as their "rent" so technically they are customers I guess. And as long as they have a power supply and free WiFi, well...
Not sure what can be done to move them along without Starbucks appearing rude and losing business to the competition.


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Posted by get an office!
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 29, 2015 at 1:52 pm

I have traveled to several dozen foreign countries as well as most US states. I often drop in to Starbucks to get a quick email check as I do not activate my phone outside of the country. Not one time have I ever witnessed the absolute piggishness of the Pleasanton people who have moved in for the entire day. One person, sitting at a table for four, spreading out their pile and staying for the whole day while purchasing a cup of coffee. It is stupid of Starbucks to allow that as it just pisses off everyone who comes in and might have made a purchase. I walked out without coffee and then called the corporate office and told them why. In many locations there are signs posted asking that people do not take more than one seat and do not stay for excessive periods of time. Do customers walk away thinking that Starbucks is rude? Heck no, we actually buy something and thank the employees for making it possible for us to have a table.

Come on Pleasanton, get some manners.


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Posted by Rita
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Oct 29, 2015 at 6:56 pm

I just hope they are faster than the one on Bernal. The Bernal drive thru has to be the slowest of them all!


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Posted by justwondering
a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Oct 29, 2015 at 8:04 pm

Was this approved??


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