No Starbucks in SF Japantown
Mayor Gavin Newsom, SF Redevelopment Agency Commission, SF Board of Supervisors, President of Starbucks
San Francisco Japantown
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We, the undersigned are opposed to a Starbucks occupying the commercial space at 1600 Webster Street in San Franciscos Japantown. A Starbucks will compete with long-standing neighborhood businesses that sell coffee such as Benkyodo(100 years), Mays Cafй(33 years old), and Cafй Hana(17 years).
According to the Starbucks website there are already 55 Starbucks within a two-mile radius of the proposed site.
There are only three Japantowns left in the entire United States. A Starbucks in the area would not only compete with existing Japantown businesses, but it would also work against preserving and sustaining these important community businesses. The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency did not first consult with those most deeply affected by the decision to bring Starbucks into Japantown despite the communitys efforts to work with them.