Just weeks after news broke that the neighborhood is adding one of the most esteemed coffee groups—San Francisco's Blue Bottle—to its growing collection of boutique coffee shops, Williamsburg learns it will also get newcomer from the other end of the coffee spectrum. The rumors floated here two weeks ago that a Starbucks could be moving into the Bagel Store space on Bedford Ave. have been confirmed by Bagel Store owner Scott Rossillo. Rossillo tells Gothamist that when his lease runs out in November 2011, the rent will go from $7,300 to $14,500. When he declined to sign on at that price, the landlord told him he would go with the 'Bucks instead.
Much to the consternation of many of the local residents, it's not that out of the question for Starbucks to move to the area—Duane Reade, Subway, and Tasti are already there or on the way. But it does sound a little fishy that the coffee chain would sign a lease that's 20 months out. They can churn out a store in under three months, so why make a commitment for a not that great a price? For his part, the landlord admits to the rent hike but denies any dealings with Starbucks.
Regardless, The Bagel Store is on its way out.
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