The nation’s largest coffee chain could soon open its first outpost in downtown Pensacola, according to new plans submitted to city officials.
Plans submitted to the city’s Gateway Review Board call for the construction of a new 4,960 square foot development, anchored by a drive-thru Starbucks, at 501 East Gregory Street. Located between Whataburger and Franco’s Restaurant, the building would replace the 11,000 square foot Gregory Street Assembly Hall which was demolished in 2014.
Starbucks currently operates more than a dozen stores throughout greater Pensacola, but the new location would be the company’s first in the downtown area. The nearest current locations are a pair of stores on Bayou Boulevard and another across the bay in Gulf Breeze. The downtown coffee scene is currently dominated by locally-owned shops like Fosko Coffee Barre and Bodacious Brew, the latter of which announced plans earlier this year to expand with a drive-through coffee bar on West Main Street. A coffee shop tenant is also planned as part of Bobby Switzer’s One Palafox Place redevelopment.
The proposed project, which would also include two 1,380 square foot retail bays, is being developed by Boos Development Group of Clearwater, Fla. While much of the parcel would be dedicated to parking, the developers have proposed the use of pervious pavers to minimize the development’s stormwater impact. Boos developed a new Krystal restaurant on Nine Mile Road in Pensacola in 2015
The new Starbucks isn’t a done deal, however. A similar 6,400 square foot development was approved in late 2014, but wasn’t constructed. The Starbucks development is set to be considered by the Gateway Review Board at its meeting September 13.