Starbucks Welcomed As First Tenant in Second Phase of Berwyn Gateway Plaza Development

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStarbucks, the largest roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world, celebrated a ribbon cutting at its newest location in Berwyn, IL on Thursday, October 1 in partnership with the City of Berwyn and the Berwyn Development Corporation (BDC). Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Through their unwavering commitment to excellence, their chain of coffeehouses bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. Those experiences are not just about the highest quality coffee, but everything else that goes with a full and rewarding coffeehouse experience. They also offer a selection of premium teas, fine pastries, breakfast and lunch selections and other delectable treats. And the music heard in store is chosen for its artistry and appeal.

Mayor Robert J Lovero stated, “Our residents have been rallying for a Starbucks for many years. I’m so pleased to have finally brought Starbucks to the finish line in Berwyn, and I know that it will be successful on our high impact Cermak Road corridor. Welcome.”

“We are very excited to bring the Starbucks experience to Berwyn and we look forward to becoming a part of this wonderful community,” said Christine Karasek, District Manager for Starbucks Coffee Company.

Starbucks is the first tenant to open in the second phase of the development known as Berwyn Gateway Plaza. In 2012, Berwyn Gateway Partners, a team comprised of Keystone Ventures, J&P Properties, Bern Realty and Hague Architecture, entered into Redevelopment Agreement (RDA) on the site located at the northeast corner of Cermak Road and Harlem Avenue in Berwyn. This development welcomed six new national tenants to the high profile corner.

In accordance with the goals set out in the RDA, the development team proceeded with Phase 2 located just one block east of Phase 1 at the northeast corner of Cermak Road and Maple Avenue. This 18,000+ sf site will house eight tenants, including Starbucks, Noodles & Company, Betty’s Bistro and Fifth Third Bank. The project is scheduled to be complete by Summer of 2016. The project is financed, in part, with Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds.

Anthony Griffin, BDC Executive Director, remarked, “Through our public-private partnership with the City of Berwyn, the BDC is equipped to help high quality tenants like Starbucks take advantage of our urban infill opportunities, which typically are saddled with barriers to entry. We are looking forward to the completion of the second phase of redevelopment which will welcome seven additional retailers.”

Mal Montoya, BDC Board President, stated, “The addition of an iconic tenant such as Starbucks speaks directly to the vision of our community leaders and all who were associated with this project. The inclusion of Starbucks at Berwyn Gateway Plaza Phase 2 affirms Berwyn’s expanding destination offerings.”

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