Now, as he tries to frequent small businesses, he’s disturbed by the ways his neighborhood has changed. “A couple of years ago, a Starbucks in my neighborhood closed, and that space has since remained vacant. From a community perspective, do I want there to be so many Starbucks? No. But would I rather have a Starbucks there than an empty space? Certainly.”
Although more than 500 people have already signed Michael Schertz’s petition, it appears that, come January 31st, the Starbucks at 76th and Columbus could be just another another empty storefront.
So how will Upper West Siders get their caffeine fix once their very special Starbucks is closed?
“I would love if people came in and tried a proper coffee and not something mass produced,” says Nougos. “Da Capo’s staff lives locally, the coffee is bought locally. The money stays in the neighborhood. If you want to support something local, try us.”
The bean counters at Starbucks have a different idea. “We remain committed to continuing serving the community,” says their spokesperson. “Customers in the area will be able to visit our nearby store on 73rd & Columbus (three minute walk from the store at 338 Columbus Avenue).”