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Nov 28, 2010 02:59 PM

Starbucks, corner of Gerrard and Jones - wow

Just read a post on The Leslieviller, our local on line community, that it's confirmed, Starbucks is taking over the northwest corner as a 2-story coffee shop. Wow - this area is going to change fast.

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  1. Yeah I noticed the sign when I drove by yesterday. Usually they say that when Starbucks moves into a neighborhood it shows it becoming more affluent. But in this case, that corner?? I really don't see it.

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    1. re: sbug206

      Semi's are often selling for $500k ish in the neighbourhood. I think once you hit that pricepoint people can afford $5 coffees.

      1. re: sbug206

        How do you explain their location at Morningside and Kingston Rd? Far from affluent, BUT a lot of traffic. I don't think it's a sign that a neighborhood is becoming affluent, more like locating in a high traffic area where you are exposed to your usual clientele and new ones. A tall coffee at Starbucks isn't $5, more like $2 so it is affordable for many people. When this location opened the manager was asked why Morningside and Kingston Rd. and not Port Union (Rouge Hill Go Station is just across the street and the affluent Rouge Beach area is close by). She replied that they can serve more people at their location since it is a major intersection. Makes sense. Everyone thought it wouldn't last due to Timmies across the street, but a few years later it's still usually crowded with U of T Scarborough Campus and high school students.

        1. re: scarberian

          We stop at that Starbucks on our way to the 401 on our way to Montreal. It's always busy and has a friendly neighborhood vibe. Go figure.

          1. re: Apple

            Quite true it has become the neighbourhood coffee joint more so than the Timmies, which, in Toronto, always feels like a fast food joint (McDonalds, Wendys, etc.). I always see the couch and tables being used and lots of conversations going on.

      2. I read the story also but the article does not donfrim anything. It says that the opening is a rumour and asks if anyone can confirm it. It's a rather odd thing to ask, when the sign in the window clearly says a STARBUCK's is coming to that location. It's similar to a Toronto bicycle rider asking if that stop sign they just rode through was a rumour. A Starbuck's in that location makes sense, the rent is probably quite low in that area.

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        1. re: foodyDudey

          That article is an update of an earlier article, when the Starbucks was just a rumour.

        2. It's right across the street from the high school, if my teenage nieces are any indication there's your clientele right there, my sister in law was a little baffled (and worried) about where they were spending their allowance until she figured out they were dropping the whole thing in $5 chunks at Starbucks and Second Cup. The younger one even applied for a part time job at Second Cup because she thought she would get an employee discount.

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          1. re: bytepusher

            I really like this area. We rented a house on leslie just north of Gerrard in the mid 80's. The school was great to have across the street. Close to the beaches, little India, and the Danforth, hope it continues to improve.

          2. I graduated relatively recently from that high school, spent lunches in Raymond's Kitchen..was handed their paper bookmarks at the beginning of the year advertising $2.99 1 item + rice...I'm not sure, but I think it was some of my classmates' relatives who owned the place.

            In any case, imagining an Starbucks there is just so so absurd for me...I have no doubt students will use it, but ...I don't know, it's so different. Kind of in line with Great Burger Kitchen moving in. (Best: Mexican Poutine - more like fries with guac and sour cream)

            Long live Yummy House though! Best and cheapest bubble tea there. You don't have to pay extra for bubbles - I haven't been able to find a deal like it. Riverdale's halls are littered with Yummy House bubble tea cups and popcorn chicken cartons. Yum.

            Yummy House
            234 Jones Ave, Toronto, ON M4M3A6, CA

            Great Burger Kitchen
            1056 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1Z8, CA

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            1. re: foundcity

              We love the Yummy House's fruit smoothies - totally delicious. Much better than what Starbucks produces. They use whole frozen fruit and just blend it with ice/water in their crazy industrial blenders. My daughter loves there fun, colourful sealed cups and big straws.

              Over the summer, the owner of YH told us that his business dips by 50% because of the high school kids are out.

              I hope the Yummy House doesn't lose out too much , even though SB and YH are two very different experiences.

              Yummy House
              234 Jones Ave, Toronto, ON M4M3A6, CA

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