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Starbucks on State Street is moving — but not for the reason you might think

It’s not an easy path to get there, but this Starbucks remains open during reconstruction of the intersection at 36th and State streets Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. Starbucks plans to move the business further west on State Street to improve access.
It’s not an easy path to get there, but this Starbucks remains open during reconstruction of the intersection at 36th and State streets Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. Starbucks plans to move the business further west on State Street to improve access. doswald@idahostatesman.com

If you get your caffeine fix at the Starbucks at 36th and State streets in Boise, prepare to change your routine.

This fall, the coffee chain plans to close shop and go west — just over a mile to 5033 W. State St. The new Starbucks will be on the south side of State Street in front of the Lake Harbor area, near the intersection with Marketplace Lane. The newly constructed building with a drive-thru is expected to open in October.

Why the move? If you’ve driven by the current location in the last couple of weeks, it’s easy to make a guess. Ada County Highway District’s State Street/Veterans Memorial Parkway/36th Street intersection expansion has made the traffic situation less than desirable.

But orange cones and piles of rubble are not the reason, according to Sara Shropshire, retail/investment specialist at Cushman & Wakefield Pacific.

Starbucks had already planned to relocate, she says. Why? To make things easier for motorists struggling to navigate their vehicles to the coffee shop. That location, on the southwest corner of Veterans and State, had been challenging from the start.

“Access has always been hard. If anyone’s heading north or west, it’s almost impossible,” Shropshire says. “That’s always been an issue. (They) just needed a little more room, more access.”

Online: starbucks.com.

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