Starbucks coming downtown

A Starbucks franchise will join the other downtown cafes this summer.

The new store is being installed next to the Westmark Baranof Hotel, with an entrance inside the hotel near the front desk, general manager Steve Hamilton said. There also will be a street entrance. Renovations for the space have already begun.

The store will most likely open around the beginning of July, Hamilton said. Starbucks baristas must go through many hours of training before they can start working in the store, he said. A manager hasn’t yet been chosen.

The store will be a full-fledged Starbucks location, with indoor seating and lunch options, Hamilton said.

“It will be a real, freestanding Starbucks cafe like you see in Seattle or wherever,” he said.

Starbucks’ hours will compliment those of existing coffee shops, Hamilton said, and will be open late for people wanting coffee or snacks after work. He said he thinks the store will do well despite the number of local shops already located downtown.

“I know this town likes local stuff, but Starbucks is so good at marketing, I think this shop will do fine,” he said.

The store will not be managed by Holland America Princess, the company that manages the Baranof hotel, Hamilton said. The Starbucks will be managed by the hotel’s owners, who live in California and Nevada.

This will be Juneau’s third Starbucks store. There is already one in Safeway and one in Fred Meyer.

• Contact reporter Katie Moritz at 523-2294 or at Follow her on Twitter @katecmoritz.


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