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Starbucks taking over Tully’s… former space at E Pike and Broadway

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As it battles Patrick Dempsey — of all people — for the dried husk of the Tully’s coffee chain, Starbucks is preparing to make its first full-bore entry into the Pike/Pine neighborhood by taking over a space the troubled chain recently left behind. (UPDATE: Done deal — Dempsey group wins bid for Tully’s)

CHS has learned that the new tenant sizing up and preparing a new buildout inside the former Tully’s at Broadway and E Pike is none other than the global coffee giant.

Starbucks has yet to respond to CHS’s inquiries about the project.

If confirmed, the new store will be the first new location for the Starbucks chain since its flirtation with unique, one-of-a-kind “indie styled” cafes like 15th Ave Coffee and Roy Street Coffee. Roy Street lives on and the E Olive Way cafe benefitted from the new Starbucks style but the experiment ended with 15th Ave’s rolling back to the standard Starbucks brand with the start of 2011.

Dempsey may win the chain but SBUX is already victorious at Pike at Broadway (Image: @PatrickDempsey)

Details of the new cafe are thin at this time. The building’s new owner Craig Swanson of Redside Partners purchased the old Broadway State Bank building for $1.45 million with plans to overhaul the space and bring in a new tenant.

The new Starbucks will neighbor the highly anticipated Capitol Cidercurrently under construction in the former art gallery next door and slated for a February debut on E Pike. Meanwhile, the overhauled cafe will neighbor Neighbours to the north along Broadway. The corner will also have a conveniently located streetcar stop when the line becomes operational in 2014.

Already apparently secure in its acquisition of the former Tully’s space, Starbucks is also among the bidders battling with investors including actor Patrick Dempsey for control of the financially troubled Tully’s coffee chain.

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7 years ago


7 years ago

I thought it was going to be an irish pub?

7 years ago

I am SO GLAD they are putting a Starbucks there! Sometimes when I am having MAJOR COFFEE WITHDRAWLS I can hardly walk the 20 steps over to the Starbucks stand in the QFC right across the street. Once, I almost PASSED OUT in the street crossing over Pike to get to it one awful latte deprived day. Thankfully that will never happen again.

7 years ago

Don’t they already have one in the QFC across the street? Would have been nice to see it turn into something more drinkable and friendly to the taste buds.

7 years ago

Well, further north on Broadway there is a Starbucks in the QFC, and directly across the street, yup, another starbucks. I believe they serve different markets ie. I want a quick coffee drink while shopping, vs. I want to look über cool with my expensive computer writing the next great ironic American Novel.

Landon Buttplanes
7 years ago

Can’t wait till they open up a Starbucks inside that Starbucks so I can get some Starbucks while I Starbucks

7 years ago

I’m sure there’s a pothole on Broadway, just past the Harvard Market, that has a Starbucks in it.

7 years ago

I miss having a coffee shop on that corner, so I’m glad about the Starbucks. The grocery store Starbucks across the street is not a relaxing place to lounge for many reasons and is not available later in the day. Most of the time I prefer Kaladi Brothers which is a few blocks down, but I like to mix it up once in a while so I’ll definitely go to the Sbux when it opens.

7 years ago

Judging from what we actually accomplish, our fondest aspiration as a species appears to be to turn everything we touch into McDonalds.

7 years ago

Haha. Funny.

7 years ago

I would REALLY like the good Mr. Dempsey to take over Tully’s and save the company. I love SBUX, but I think we have enough of them. Sorry, Starbucks lovers.

7 years ago

No need to be sorry. I also like Starbucks but I hope Tully’s survives. It’s good to have options, and different tastes appeal to different people. No reason they both can’t serve Seattle, there’s a market for both.

7 years ago

Another starbucks? Jeez, so tired of seeing them everywhere. Bauhaus should take that spot instead. Oh how I’m going to miss Bauhaus when they moved this summer.

7 years ago

Oh, the humanity!

7 years ago

The staff do a good job keeping up, but the place gets packed at peak times. There really isn’t much room to queue up and most people end up blocking the door. I’ve seen at least 15 people in line there before, and when that happens, the poor employees are extremely frazzled. I always wondered why Starbucks didn’t put a brick and mortar location in, and it looks like they finally noticed there’s demand for one.

7 years ago

It’s so easy to bash Starbucks and it’s become almost a cliche to do so. But I think it’s a great company and we should be proud that it originated in Seattle. Just because it’s big doesn’t make it evil.

There are plenty of options for those who don’t like Starbucks…..we are such a coffee-loving city that independents can do well even with Starbucks all over the place.

7 years ago

Well said. Couldn’t agree more.

Also, SBUX employee benefits are commendable, health coverage for part timers and more.

Capital Hill Expatriate

This will surely compliment the Chipotle and Mudbay pet store going in nearby! Goodnight sweet prince! Broadway, we hardly knew ye. Guess I’ll be going to Ballard to patronize all your small businesses that fled your corporatization.

7 years ago

Actually, that truly IS funny! Thanks for the giggle.

SBux Fan
7 years ago

Seriously. The quality of the coffee at the QFC location is inconsistent at best, and sometimes downright terrible. The staff doesn’t care, but who would when you work for Kroger. At the very least the employees at the new location will have better benefits.

Yes, I like specialty shops, but there is something to be said for a consistent cup of coffee. McDonalds may not serve the best burgers, but the burger is generally consistent from store to store. That’s what Sbux has going for it.

7 years ago

Starbucks also owns Seattle’s Best Coffee and I heard that Starbucks has plans to reintroduce and build a retail presence for that brand. Starbucks also has stakes in Teavana and Evolution Fresh, just because Starbucks owns the place doesn’t necessarily mean another coffee shop is opening. People need to stop being so cynical.


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