Cleveland Circle has had a vacancy ever since the Verizon Store closed two years ago. Local storeowners had a prime opportunity to provide a service to the BC community. Space in Cleveland Circle is hardly well used, as there are multiple restaurants that serve the same food (Boloco and Chipotle, Presto and Pino’s). Yet history has repeated itself once again.
Starbucks will be opening a location in Cleveland Circle. This is completely unnecessary since there is a wonderful Dunkin Donuts already located in Cleveland Circle. Chill also serves coffee for those who are too lazy to walk more than five feet from the Bank of America bus stop.
This Starbucks will be beneficial to no one. There is no need or demand for mediocre coffee masked by a foreign name and loads of artificial flavoring. Its “baristas” are fooling no one with their foolish efforts to imitate a local coffee shop. This is Boston College, we are smarter than that. Take your BS to BU.
Starbucks’ business system is as corrupt as Bernie Madoff’s. One of their products is called the “perfect oatmeal.” With a name that includes the word “perfect,” one can assume that they’re going to get some pretty damn good oatmeal. Wrong. The oatmeal is far from perfect. It’s not even very good. Yet Starbucks does not seem too concerned with bridging the gap between their oatmeal and perfection.
Like Starbucks’ oatmeal, BC is far from perfect. But its coffee supply is not the problem. There are plenty of great places to go get a cup of coffee on campus and there are two Dunkin Donuts close by. America runs on Dunkin. It does not run on Starbucks.
Over 900 Starbucks locations have closed since 2008. Clearly Starbucks cannot conjuror up cheap tricks that students at a Jesuit institution will fall for. Yet for some reason, the evil empire from Seattle feels as though America’s New Years Resolution is to take a leap of faith with Starbucks. But Starbucks has already fooled us once with the oatmeal. Fool me once, shame on you but fool me twice, shame on me. Starbucks isn’t going to fool anyone.
Hopefully Starbucks will leave Cleveland Circle and never come back. There are enough shady people who wander up and down Beacon Street. This is not a good way to start the New Year.