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Metro-east town will have three Starbucks within 2.5 miles

One of Edwardsville’s two current Starbucks locations is off Troy Road at the Edwardsville Crossing Shopping Center. The other is on campus at SIUE. A third location is planned.
One of Edwardsville’s two current Starbucks locations is off Troy Road at the Edwardsville Crossing Shopping Center. The other is on campus at SIUE. A third location is planned.

Edwardsville’s third Starbucks location will be built about halfway between the first two as part of a hotel development near the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

That’s according to engineering designs filed with the city by Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen Inc., which show a 2,101-square-foot Starbucks cafe will sit adjacent to the planned Mariott TownePlace Suites at the corner of Illinois 157 and Center Grove Road, just over a mile east of the heart of SIUE.

City aldermen approved a planned unit development including the hotel and cafe during their regular meeting Tuesday night in a 6-0 vote, with Alderwoman Barb Stamer absent.

There already are two Starbucks sites in Edwardsville: SIUE has one inside the Morris University Center and the other is located at 6680 Edwardsville Crossing Drive, just off Troy Road. The Troy Road location is often busy, with lines of cars wrapped around the small building up to and sometimes into the road leading past Starbucks to the adjacent Best Buy.

“We hope this will relieve some of the congestion at the one on Troy Road,” said Walt Williams, Edwardsville’s community developer.

While being sandwiched about equidistant between the two current Starbucks sites, the new one also would be a stone’s throw from legions of thirsty Edwardsville High School students. Plummer Drive separates school grounds from the planned cafe. Williams said part of the design will include extending a fence between the properties. “We don’t want the students cutting across,” he said.

The new Starbucks will go up in the parking lot of the planned TownePlace Suites, a five-floor, 91-room extended-stay hotel Marriott announced it would build in February. Williams said they are still compiling the full cost of construction, payroll and the eventual property value on the project to determine the economic impact of the project. He said the developer is not receiving any tax incentives for the project.

Tobias Wall: 618-239-2501, @Wall_BND

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