The growing coffee culture in Dublin has been monumental in recent years.
Independent coffee shops are thriving, breathing life into the city once more. However, competition is high for a brewer in Dublin city centre, especially with a large number of franchises moving in on previously eyed-up turf.
We posted an article several weeks ago about a new Starbucks being built on Aungier Street , which was met with mixed reviews by our readers.
Some commented on their stores lacking in character, some complained about pricing while others stated that nobody else is bothered with these buildings until Starbucks moves in - so why should anyone care.
But, how do we know yet another one is setting up shop?
An anonymous source informed Lovin Dublin that the freshly moved Eden Recruitment located at 20 Essex St, Temple Bar is set to be the new location for the superbrand.
Work is believed to have started on Monday.
A local business owner stated to Lovin Dublin how they knew of the works happening:
''We're friendly with other businesses in the area, they were using the place for storage but told they had to move now as Starbucks starts works this Monday! It'll be open in less than a month I imagine. It's really going to strangle business like ours''
A spokesperson for Forbidden Planet , the long-established comic book store on Crampton Quay, and they had this to say about the possible new addition:
''Our store and the old Recruitment Agency (soon to be the new Starbucks) are managed by the same property management company, who also handle much of the newer businesses on the quays now.
Crampton Quay, in particular, is having a bit of a resurgence over the last year or so with a new Barber Shop, Corner Shop and Coffee Shop (Cocobrew) moving in. This is in stark contrast to 2 or 3 years ago when all those units were empty and the place looked and felt abandoned. We've recently acquired the empty unit next to us as it had been empty for a couple of years and we wanted to expand our store front and basement space.
As for a Starbucks moving in? I feel like they'll be calling Temple Bar 'The Coffee Quarter' soon enough as coffee shops are popping up all over the place. I think there's now roughly 6 locations within 300 meters of our store. This new location will be the 52nd in Dublin which is crazy.
I know that Starbucks have an incredibly quick turnaround in fitting out their locations so I expect to see it open in the next few weeks.
I feel like it would be wrong of me to protest them opening another location. Personally, it's great not to have to see dead units in what should be a thriving area but that's just how it's been here over the years. Both ourselves, the new local businesses and the new SB will all benefit from the bus station next door to us.''
We also spoke to a representative of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce about the potential new opening, and they responded with:
“Coffee culture is now huge in Dublin - as evidenced by the large number of new cafes that have opened up in the past few years. Competition is healthy. Tourism evidence shows that people like to try local produce and local brands when they come to Ireland, so it's important to have a mix of options available.”
We attempted to reach out to Starbucks Ireland, but they have yet to comment.
What do you think of the new potential addition to the currently thriving Quays? Let us know in the comments.