When we first reported Starbucks’ announcement of its plan for a $552,000 redesign of its Olive Way store, we thought it was odd that such a major announcement on the eve of Pride weekend wouldn’t mention the cafe’s place in Capitol Hill’s gay culture. So we asked the corporate coffee giant about it. The answer plus a few questions about the nearby park and an invitation for more, below.
Company spokesperson Stacey Krum tells CHS the timing around Pride was a coincidence. “The timing of the announcement of the remodel does happen to coincide with Pride, but was driven by the filing of permits for the project,” Krum told us via e-mail.
“Capitol Hill is obviously a dynamic and diverse neighborhood in lots of [ways] and we think all our customers will love the new design and menu offerings.”
We also asked Krum about any plans Starbucks has for working with the city on the Summit and John park and pedestrian project being built across the street from the Olive Way cafe. Krum said Starbucks planners have had talks with the park project team and are looking for ways for the cafe’s new landscaping to “complement” the city’s design for the green space and possible pedestrian area on John. “No other plans at this time as we’re focused on the store,” Krum wrote.
Krum has invited more questions and is open to “ways to update” CHS readers as the project progresses, so let us know what else you’d like to know in the comments.