Controversy brews over Prairie Village Starbucks

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. - There's a growing controversy brewing in Prairie Village over a new Starbucks after the coffee shop announced its plan to move to a different location.

The Starbucks off Mission in the Prairie Village shops is moving across the parking lot. It may seem like a small change, but now customers are moving to boycott it.

The developer said the new one will be bigger, with a patio and a drive thru.

When Chuck Dehner learned his quaint Starbucks in the shopping center was about to expand, he said he believes it will take a little piece of the quiet community away.

"(People like to) walk, there's community and young families walking babies in strollers. Homes sell in two weeks here because people like to live like this," Dehner said.

Dehner started a boycott campaign and has begun to ask friends to join and put signs in yards in an effort to stop Starbucks from taking a little piece of the small community away.

But another resident, Mike, who just moved back from Seattle, said a more convenient Starbucks won't take any of the small community feel away.

"They're not super sizing Starbucks," Mike said.
The mayor said the new Starbucks is not going away.  The planning commission did what he feels the majority of residents want.

The commission has already voted, the building is already being built and is expected to be done in the next few months.

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