Starbucks drive-thru planned for vacant lot at Alameda and Santa Fe

A Starbucks drive-thru has been proposed to fill a lot along Alameda Avenue that’s been vacant for years. (Lucy Peterson photo)

A lot along Alameda Avenue that’s been undeveloped for at least a decade may soon be home to a Starbucks drive-thru.

Arizona-based Evergreen Devco submitted a site development plan to the city proposing the coffee shop building at 919 W. Alameda Ave. in Denver, on a strip of land between Santa Fe Drive and Kalamath Street.

Erika Shorter, Evergreen’s vice president of acquisitions, confirmed the submission but otherwise declined to comment.

The 995-square-foot Starbucks building would be in the middle of the property and would have a walk-up window, an outdoor patio and parking spots in addition to the drive-thru, according to the design plans. The entrance to the drive-thru would be off of Santa Fe Drive.

The lot, which is about 0.6 acres, is owned by 919 West Alameda LLC, according to property records. It’s currently under contract to be sold, according to a LoopNet listing.

The lot has been vacant since at least 2011, according to archived Google Streetview images of the location that don’t go back any further.

Starbucks has closed six locations in Denver since the pandemic started, none of which had drive-thrus. In December, Starbucks announced at an investor event that it planned to open 22,000 new stores by 2030, with a focus on to-go business.

A Starbucks drive-thru has been proposed to fill a lot along…

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