Is Starbucks’ remodeled Highland Park store less depressing?

Remodeled Highland Park Starbucks 3-10-2015 3-57-052

Will the new look win over Highland Park Starbucks customers?

You can be the judge of that on Wednesday when the coffee store chain plans to remove the construction fencing  around what’s been called the “most depressing Starbucks in America”  and open the newly remodeled York Boulevard outlet to walk-up customers.


  1. Honestly, after a few months of staring at the ghastly building when sitting in the drive thru (it’s so dang convenient!), I got used to it. ANYTHING else would be an improvement!

  2. It is still Starbucks (depressing enough) but this re-design is a big improvement.

  3. bathing at baxter

    How about Jack next door? Oh, I just noticed the front facing outdoor toilet. Appears to be a big lock on it. Since it’s outside, should it be an unlocked public toilet and put on that map that’s being circulated?

  4. I think it looks pretty good so far. They were very apologetic in my email and seemed to pick up what I was puttin’ down.

  5. My vote: probably a bit of improvement. But a drive-thru is always going to be depressing looking, the basic footprint being about the same as the drive-thru Jack in the Box next door. How much can you REALLY improve on that? That strip of York is going to remain depressing unless they get away from the fast food model.

  6. Well, I’d like to have an opinion but I guess I’ll have to drive by it because I’m not seeing any differences from THIS report. Where are the pictures?

  7. Plus you get to face the shopping center with it’s two riot proof stores that have no windows and look like huge ugly warehouses flaking the entire shopping complex. The $5 t-shirt place and that shoe store look like offsite black ops bases for Guantanamo style torture inside.

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