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Loyola Students Await Opening of New Starbucks Made of Shipping Containers

By Josh McGhee | September 15, 2013 8:11am
 A drive-thru Starbucks with a walk-up window would be built at Devon Avenue and North Broadway.
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EDGEWATER — Loyola students looking for a quick caffeine buzz say they are excited for a new Starbucks being built near the Far North Side campus. But they'll have to wait just a little bit longer.

The new location being built at the southwest corner of Devon Avenue and North Broadway will be made of reused shipping containers, and will feature a drive-thru, a walk-up window and an outdoor sitting area.

"I think that's pretty sick. I go to Loyola and they have a Starbucks inside, but they don't have many options," said Tanvir Bajwa, 18. "The only other coffee shop I know of around here is Dunkin' Donuts."

Bajwa said he thought other students would share his excitement.

"I like Starbucks. As long as it has variety, it sounds good," said Bajwa. "Everyone loves variety."

The shop seems to be in prime location as Loyola students bustled around Broadway toting cups of hot coffee from both McDonald's and Dunkin' Donuts, just steps away from the future Starbucks location.

"I think it would be better because their profit margin is kids and students," said Tim Edwards, 19. "It would be good to have a Starbucks here they would make a lot of money. There's [more coffee shops] down the way but they're kind of far."

Edwards thought the walk-up loction fit the area perfectly and the lack of indoor seating would not be a problem.

"[Students will] be happy there is a Starbucks so close," said Edwards. "The kids will probably want a place to sit down and do homework but there's plenty of places to do that."

While construction was expected to be complete this weekend, a truck carrying the containers broke down, the Tribune reported.

When planning for the new Starbucks began in the spring, Tammie Mann, who owns The Coffee Shop, 1135 N. Sheridan Road, said she wass not worried about the opening of the new shop, just blocks away from her own.

"I believe there are a lot of different types of people in the neighborhood," Mann said. "As you can tell, this is nothing like a Starbucks."