SOS: 'Save our Starbucks' say Ancaster petition supporters

News Sep 30, 2019 by Mike Pearson Ancaster News

It’s a welcoming place in the heart of Ancaster, easily accessible to those with special needs, a destination place for rail trail hikers, businesspeople, students and families looking to relax, says Christine DeMarco.

Loyal patrons say the Wilson Street East Starbucks is more than just a coffee shop.

But the restaurant is slated to close on Dec. 27 and DeMarco hopes to change that.

Over eight days in September, nearly 450 people signed DeMarco’s Change.org petition, titled, “Keep this Community Starbucks coffee hub open!”

That number is growing. DeMarco hopes to collect over 1,000 signatures to encourage Starbucks to keep the restaurant or build a new location within Ancaster’s village core.

“Extend (the closing date) or build another one, so we can come and walk here,” said DeMarco.

DeMarco met with the Ancaster News recently to discuss the petition. It’s Friday at 5:30 p.m. and the restaurant at 220 Wilson St. E. is bustling with students working on tablets and laptops, families lined up waiting to order and young children sipping cold beverages.

The Starbucks patio is busy during the warmer months, said DeMarco, especially on Wednesdays during the Ancaster Farmers Market. Customers also stop by after work, school or on weekends, often after a wedding at one of several nearby churches. The restaurant is also popular among families who visit a nearby learning centre, located in the same strip plaza at the corner of Wilson and Halson streets.

DeMarco knows there are three other Starbucks in Ancaster. But none possess the same atmosphere or the central location the Wilson Street East restaurant offers, she said.

DeMarco’s daughter, Cassandra, who lives with autism, looks forward to her daily decaf pour-over coffee.

Despite her disability, Cassandra, 25, has learned how to order her own coffee and treats. The baristas know how to communicate with her, said DeMarco, and treat her with respect.

“People of all ages and backgrounds come here for their double-daily, daily or weekly dose of tea, coffee and friendship,” said DeMarco. “It doesn’t matter what they order, it’s that they are getting coffee in their community gathering spot with family and friends that is important.”

“I meet a lot of friends up here,” added customer Peter Giorgini, who supports DeMarco’s petition. “It’s a great location and it has a family atmosphere.”

Starbucks district manager Sheri Wingate confirmed the closure but directed The Ancaster News to Starbucks’ corporate office in Seattle for further comment.

“It certainly is a tough decision that was made, but it is closing in December,” Wingate said in a voice-mail message.

The News was unable to obtain a comment from the parent company by Monday afternoon.

SOS: 'Save our Starbucks' say Ancaster petition supporters

Restaurant slated to close in December

News Sep 30, 2019 by Mike Pearson Ancaster News

It’s a welcoming place in the heart of Ancaster, easily accessible to those with special needs, a destination place for rail trail hikers, businesspeople, students and families looking to relax, says Christine DeMarco.

Loyal patrons say the Wilson Street East Starbucks is more than just a coffee shop.

But the restaurant is slated to close on Dec. 27 and DeMarco hopes to change that.

Over eight days in September, nearly 450 people signed DeMarco’s Change.org petition, titled, “Keep this Community Starbucks coffee hub open!”

That number is growing. DeMarco hopes to collect over 1,000 signatures to encourage Starbucks to keep the restaurant or build a new location within Ancaster’s village core.

“Extend (the closing date) or build another one, so we can come and walk here,” said DeMarco.

DeMarco met with the Ancaster News recently to discuss the petition. It’s Friday at 5:30 p.m. and the restaurant at 220 Wilson St. E. is bustling with students working on tablets and laptops, families lined up waiting to order and young children sipping cold beverages.

The Starbucks patio is busy during the warmer months, said DeMarco, especially on Wednesdays during the Ancaster Farmers Market. Customers also stop by after work, school or on weekends, often after a wedding at one of several nearby churches. The restaurant is also popular among families who visit a nearby learning centre, located in the same strip plaza at the corner of Wilson and Halson streets.

DeMarco knows there are three other Starbucks in Ancaster. But none possess the same atmosphere or the central location the Wilson Street East restaurant offers, she said.

DeMarco’s daughter, Cassandra, who lives with autism, looks forward to her daily decaf pour-over coffee.

Despite her disability, Cassandra, 25, has learned how to order her own coffee and treats. The baristas know how to communicate with her, said DeMarco, and treat her with respect.

“People of all ages and backgrounds come here for their double-daily, daily or weekly dose of tea, coffee and friendship,” said DeMarco. “It doesn’t matter what they order, it’s that they are getting coffee in their community gathering spot with family and friends that is important.”

“I meet a lot of friends up here,” added customer Peter Giorgini, who supports DeMarco’s petition. “It’s a great location and it has a family atmosphere.”

Starbucks district manager Sheri Wingate confirmed the closure but directed The Ancaster News to Starbucks’ corporate office in Seattle for further comment.

“It certainly is a tough decision that was made, but it is closing in December,” Wingate said in a voice-mail message.

The News was unable to obtain a comment from the parent company by Monday afternoon.

SOS: 'Save our Starbucks' say Ancaster petition supporters

Restaurant slated to close in December

News Sep 30, 2019 by Mike Pearson Ancaster News

It’s a welcoming place in the heart of Ancaster, easily accessible to those with special needs, a destination place for rail trail hikers, businesspeople, students and families looking to relax, says Christine DeMarco.

Loyal patrons say the Wilson Street East Starbucks is more than just a coffee shop.

But the restaurant is slated to close on Dec. 27 and DeMarco hopes to change that.

Over eight days in September, nearly 450 people signed DeMarco’s Change.org petition, titled, “Keep this Community Starbucks coffee hub open!”

That number is growing. DeMarco hopes to collect over 1,000 signatures to encourage Starbucks to keep the restaurant or build a new location within Ancaster’s village core.

“Extend (the closing date) or build another one, so we can come and walk here,” said DeMarco.

DeMarco met with the Ancaster News recently to discuss the petition. It’s Friday at 5:30 p.m. and the restaurant at 220 Wilson St. E. is bustling with students working on tablets and laptops, families lined up waiting to order and young children sipping cold beverages.

The Starbucks patio is busy during the warmer months, said DeMarco, especially on Wednesdays during the Ancaster Farmers Market. Customers also stop by after work, school or on weekends, often after a wedding at one of several nearby churches. The restaurant is also popular among families who visit a nearby learning centre, located in the same strip plaza at the corner of Wilson and Halson streets.

DeMarco knows there are three other Starbucks in Ancaster. But none possess the same atmosphere or the central location the Wilson Street East restaurant offers, she said.

DeMarco’s daughter, Cassandra, who lives with autism, looks forward to her daily decaf pour-over coffee.

Despite her disability, Cassandra, 25, has learned how to order her own coffee and treats. The baristas know how to communicate with her, said DeMarco, and treat her with respect.

“People of all ages and backgrounds come here for their double-daily, daily or weekly dose of tea, coffee and friendship,” said DeMarco. “It doesn’t matter what they order, it’s that they are getting coffee in their community gathering spot with family and friends that is important.”

“I meet a lot of friends up here,” added customer Peter Giorgini, who supports DeMarco’s petition. “It’s a great location and it has a family atmosphere.”

Starbucks district manager Sheri Wingate confirmed the closure but directed The Ancaster News to Starbucks’ corporate office in Seattle for further comment.

“It certainly is a tough decision that was made, but it is closing in December,” Wingate said in a voice-mail message.

The News was unable to obtain a comment from the parent company by Monday afternoon.