‘More annoyed than concerned.’ Ninth Street visitors, business owners unhappy with recently opened Starbucks :: WRAL.com

A Starbucks opened Friday in Durham, but it’s getting a chilly response from many in the neighborhood.

That’s because it’s on Ninth Street, an area popular for its small, locally owned businesses.

“One of the major appeals to Ninth Street has been locally owned businesses for a long time,” said Daniel, who preferred not to give his last name to WRAL News.

The street is lined with a mural, a yoga studio and a hemp boutique.

As owner of the Triangle Coffee House, Jermaine Bantum said he found it a fitting day to wear a shirt that says “Support Local Coffee Shops.”

“I’m a little more annoyed than concerned that they’d moved in right next door to a local coffee shop that already exists,” said Bantum.

The recently opened Starbucks on Ninth Street is pick-up only. People order from the Starbucks mobile app, come get their drink and leave.

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