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What's the Story With the New Starbucks at Market and Sanchez?

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From the Curbed inbox:

The building on the corner of market and Sanchez now has a fence up and some utility work being done. Does this mean the Starbucks is happening soon?Our reader is referring to the former Industrialists stainless steel furniture store at 2201 Market. The new LEED-certified Starbucks plan calls for an "open, warm and welcoming experience." Translation: strip the whole thing down and add lots of reclaimed wood and local art, along with some outdoor seats. The mega chain is providing funds to the GLBT Historical Society so the nonprofit can grant free entry to visitors during the Castro Street Fair. The once-contentious project raised some ire amongst Castro residents and businesses, but the community outreach seems to have paid off as the project was approved last year. Our reader tips us off to the fencing and utility work, which matches up to the building permits that were filed in four months ago. There's a massive amount of work planned though - demo of plumbing, lighting, partition walls, ceilings, and stairs, plus construction of new walls, floors, windows, furniture, storefront, restrooms, and signage. So yeah, basically everything. We haven't heard word yet on an opening date - readers, have you?
· Turf Wars [Curbed SF]
· 2201 Market Street Store [Starbucks]
· Castro group approves proposed Starbucks [Bay Area Reporter]


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