Starbucks Planning Renovation To Madison Store

One fewer seat inside, nine more outside planned; Request sparks discussion about parking in CVS plaza; Planning & Zoning Commission grants approval to request.


The shop at the CVS plaza in downtown Madison at 613 Boston Post Road will undergo renovations, scheduled to begin sometime in mid-March.

Brian Lorenz, of WD Partners, a design firm from Dublin, Ohio, presented plans at a recent Planning & Zoning Commission meeting that called for one less seat inside and an additional nine outside. So seating inside would go from 20 to 19, and seating outside would go from 29 to 38.

Lorenz said the renovations would include additional improvemens to the patio area, including bench seating, and new tables and chairs. "All of the furniture will be switche, there will be new trash receptacles and pots, and new decorative planters," he said. The store also plans to put a new sign outside. 

Modifications to the inside will include some remodeling and the installation of new equipment, Lorenz said.

Terry Macy, a member of the Planning & Zoning Commission, asked whether there was sufficient parking at the plaza to accomodate the net gain in customers, a subject that was then debated by other members of the commission. 

Commissioner member Ron Clark, with a Starbucks Coffee cup parked prominently in front of him during deliberations, noted that he was a big fan of the coffee shop.

"I've been known to go to Starbucks," he said. "But not to the point where I'm convinced I should have to recuse myself."

He said that "94 percent of the time" he is able to find parking easily. But he, and the other members of the commission, agreed that some additional direction in the parking, when it comes to traffic patterns, would be  good thing. This could be done by painting arrows, among other measures, town officials said.

Clark said the parking lot is popular with many area residents. "In the early morning and weekends, there is a whole group of runners who use the parking lot, run, and then come back," he said. He said Starbucks' outside patio tends to be busy mostly in the evenings, on Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon. "It's often not highly used during the business day," he said.

P&ZC Member Christopher Traugh said the traffic in front of the store, which is next to a sandwich shop, and , is often so busy that he goes "right to the back" of the parking. "I don't want to have to deal with the front," he said.

Clark asked how long the renovations would take and whether the store would have to be closed.

Lorenz said the renovations likely would take 10 to 14 days, and that he did not know if the store would have to be closed. He said some locations set up a kiosk to serve customers while renovations are underway.

He said after the meeting that both the interior and exterior would look different afterwards. "It will be rebranded and refreshed," he said.

This story was corrected at 3:56 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27 to clarify comments made by Planning & Zoning Commission members.

Elizabeth February 02, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I really can't believe what I'm reading. So Chris you're perfectly fine with disobeying the rules? You don't care if you end spending hundreds of dollars just to make it easier for you to buy a $3 cup of coffee! Why don't you just park in the handicapped spaces then? And BTW, if a fire truck ends up ramming your vehicle because you were parked illegally, do you really think your insurance company is going to pay for that? You're not really serious with these posts, are you? I think that maybe you're just trying to get a rise out of people here. Right?
Jim Braun February 02, 2012 at 05:25 PM
This is to funny. Some other things Chris probably does: 1. Drives 50 in the passing lane and never moves over. 2. Brings 25 items through the 12 items or less aisle. 3. Blocks traffic when stopping in the middle of traffic to chat with a pedestrian he knows. 4. Talks on the cell phone at the theater. 5. Parks two feet from the curb on the opposite side of the street when checking out a tag sale. 6. Never stops for pedestrians in the crosswalk. Remember people, it is Chris' world, we only live in it. All joking aside, Dennis Leary had a song about people like you.
Chris Johnson February 02, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Let me know when you come up with some comparisons that actually apply. Nobody is inconvenienced by people parking on the shoulder in front of Starbucks. We've all seen it - countless people do it. It's funny how worked up you all have gotten over what - parking illegally? Somehow, I feel like there might be bigger problems for people to focus their energy on.
Riq March 01, 2012 at 07:28 AM
I spend a lot of time in there and I'm fairly certain that there's more than 20 inside seats in the current configuration - if there are truly only going to be 19 seats then I'm guessing it would mean a more significant loss of seating capacity than is being disclosed. Plus one thing that's nice about the current setup is that it's easily reconfigured by the customers to suit the needs of the moment - chair and tables are constantly moved around. I hope that the new layout still allows for this - never thought I'd say this about about a chain coffee store in a strip mall, but from what I've seen it's the modern equivalent of the village public house.
Mom of 2 teens March 01, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Riq makes some very good points. As far as parking, maybe if we never allowed CVS to get the drive thru approval, we could have made better use of the back lot for parking and possibly an entrance off Rte 79. Many retailers have entrances in the front and rear of their stores like R.J. Julia and Walker-Loden which could have been incorporated into the redesign of CVS and Starbucks. As for Chris, your attitude speaks volumes about your character. Common courtesy out the window. If there was a fire in Starbuck's, you'd be the one pushing children out of the way to save your own sorry butt. Your character is definitely not of the caliber of the firemen that you'd be hindering who rush into fires to save people.


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