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Mar 23, 2015 3:16 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village Starbucks Slated To Open In Late May

Mar 25, 2015 4:50 PM

It’s official—the Green Siren is coming to Southampton Village.

A Starbucks coffee shop is slated to open on Hampton Road in Southampton, in the vacant space next to Aboff’s, just in time for the start of the summer season. Haley Nieman, a Starbucks spokesperson, confirmed last week that the store will open in late May, although a specific date is yet to be set.

As of this week, signs displaying the company’s famous logo and the words “Coming soon” hung from the storefront windows at 29 Hampton Road. Construction was under way.

In preparation for the opening in Southampton, Starbucks is interviewing for baristas and shift supervisors on Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. at its Bridgehampton location on Montauk Highway. The company plans to hire up to 35 workers, Ms. Nieman said.

News of a Starbucks opening in the village first surfaced last summer. A spokesperson had said then that the store would open in the fall. However, once a site plan application was submitted to Southampton Village, the coffee giant faced a few stumbling blocks before the Village Planning Board, as nearby business owners raised concerns about how much parking the shop would need.

Starbucks has since received all necessary approvals, though, including a certificate from the Suffolk County Department of Health to convert a dry space to a wet use, as well as a green light from not only the Planning Board but the Village Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review.

The 1,180-square-foot space will include 16 seats in the cafe, as well as the standards in all Starbucks stores: a barista counter, a drink and pastry cooler, a restroom, and a kitchen in the back.

Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley has said he does not support the idea of a Starbucks. The mayor said this week that he is concerned about how the company’s presence will affect local businesses, as well as parking and the possibility of vehicle congestion on Hampton Road.

“I think it’s going to have a negative impact on the local coffee shops in the area, and the traffic in that area,” he said.

Mr. Epley added that because the application did not have to go before the Village Board, he opted not to voice his opposition to the village’s regulatory boards. “They’re stand-alone boards … and they do a great job,” he said of the ARB and Planning Board. “I do not like to get involved with applications in front of those boards.”

The Southampton Starbucks will join the company of three other South Fork locations—in East Hampton, Hampton Bays and Bridgehampton.

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When is the SH Village parking garage going to be built?
By Mouthampton (437), Southampton on Mar 24, 15 1:16 PM
A parking garage would actually be a great idea in Southampton. It would allow for a far less congested village and generate revenue. It would not urbanize the area, there are lovely seaside towns in England and Ireland featuring paid parking garages that are unobtrusive, despite a large capacity.
By InnerBay (72), Southampton on Mar 24, 15 2:28 PM
It's a great idea! But for a town that can't even decide if it needs a grocery store, I wouldn't count on something like this ever getting built.

And yes, mostly for the 10 weeks of the season. That is what probably 80% or more of our entire economy relies on.
By SHResident (59), Southampton on Mar 25, 15 3:51 PM
There was a discussion of adding a second level to the village municipal lot when I was in high school and that was 4 decades ago.
Apr 2, 15 8:04 PM appended by bird
What I really want to know is will they have a Clover?
By bird (824), Southampton on Apr 2, 15 8:04 PM
I believe it should be 29 Hampton Road, not 39. I had the Moroccan rug business that was in the new Starbucks location.
By Ninabeehappy (1), Southampton on Mar 25, 15 7:23 AM
At least the new chains like Starbucks and Citarella improve the buildings they rent...Landlords in the area should take note.
By Mouthampton (437), Southampton on Mar 27, 15 11:51 AM
The Landlord of the building Lamplighter liquors is in just improved his exterior & The interior of the old PO annex...
By Draggerman (941), Southampton on Apr 3, 15 5:56 AM
Between the Citarella debacle and now across the street Starbucks. Hampton road will now be a no drive zone. Might as dig up the street and plant grass from Pine to Main Street... Poor planning.
By North Sea Citizen (564), North Sea on Apr 19, 15 7:21 AM
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