DOWNTOWN — Commuters traveling through Union Station will soon be greeted by a familiar, green face.
Starbucks plans to open a store next month at the Downtown train station, 500 W. Jackson Blvd. The store will replace a Burrito Beach/Cinnabon counter in the food court above the station's outbound BNSF tracks.
The future Starbucks at Union Station. [DNAinfo/Andrew Herrmann]
It's the first Starbucks at Union Station, which is already home to a Dunkin' Donuts, Corner Bakery and McDonald's that all serve coffee, said Marc Magliari, a Chicago-based Amtrak spokesman. Magliari said the Starbucks deal closed after leases expired for the station's Burrito Beach and Cinnabon stores.
The Starbucks will arrive amid big changes at Union Station, which recently replaced its movie-famous marble stairs as part of a multimillion-dollar renovation. The station is marketing empty storefronts along Canal Street to more retailers, Magliari said.
The Starbucks' opening date has not yet been determined, and it will not serve beer and wine like many other new Starbucks stores, said Holly Hart Shafer, a spokeswoman for the Seattle-based coffee chain.
The next nearest Starbucks is at 139 S. Clinton St., across the street from the train station.
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