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Starbucks plans to open early next month

Only one space left in Sterling Commons addition

STERLING – The new Starbucks coffeehouse at Sterling Commons will open in early November. A corporate spokeswoman for the Seattle-based coffee giant said an exact date will be announced later.

Starbucks has more than 13,000 stores nationwide, and nearly 27,000 outlets in 75 countries. The company opened its first store in 1971, in Seattle.

The Sterling Commons developer, First Midwest Group, started working on a a new construction phase several months ago at the East Lincolnway shopping center that could provide space for up to five additional tenants.

In late May, the company became the first tenant to announce it would rent space in the addition.

A couple of weeks ago, DaVita finalized plans to move its kidney dialysis center from a building it was renting from CGH Medical Center on Locust Street to Sterling Commons. CGH decided not to renew the lease with DaVita because the hospital needed the space.

The new DaVita facility, being built east of Starbucks, will have 15 dialysis stations – the same as the current site – but there will be more space in each station. DaVita has about 53 patients at its Sterling operations.

First Midwest Group, said two more tenant deals are nearing completion and will be announced soon. One space is still being marketed.

The first building at the Commons went up in 2009, delayed a bit by the recession. Its first tenants were Buffalo Wild Wings and optical company All About Eyes. The developer’s initial plan was to eventually put up eight buildings that would house 15 to 18 stores.


 

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