Chains on Bedford Avenue are nothing new (see Subway, Tasti, Ricky's, and the soon to come Duane Reade), but one must admit there's something emblematic about a big old Starbucks in primo Williamsburg real estate, especially if they replace a neighborhood staple. A tipster hears from a Bedford Ave. shop owner today that the coffee chain is taking over a space on Bedford near Metropolitan, perhaps even the popular breakfast spot The Bagel Store. Says the tipster: "Apparently they're gonna pay a small fortune in rent for the place, they'll need to sell a lot of joe. I don't see it really working out - unless they do what they've started doing in Seattle and try out one of their non-branded stores."
Another local tells Eater that a more likely location of this alleged 'Bucks would be over on North 3rd. There's a brand new building going up on the corner that has already secured Duane Reade/Walgreen's as a tenant. To be fair, the Williamsburg-Starbucks rumors seem to pop up every few years, so it's not yet time to get worked up