San Francisco’s Anti-Starbucks History

If you’re like us, when you heard that a small contingent of residents/business owners in the Richmond was trying to block a Starbucks franchise from opening on Geary between 4th & 5th Avenues, you didn’t give the underdogs much of a shot at success against the big business.

Well, maybe the Richmond has a chance after all:

In the summer of 2003, the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association also successfully kept STARBUCKs from moving into their community. The following year the late Tess Manalo-Ventresca and Sunset Neighbors in Action organized a successful grassroots campaign to keep STARBUCKS out of their neighborhood as well. Later that year, SF’s Japantown activists successfully blocked a Starbucks they say would have harmed many of their small businesses as well.

If you’re like us, when you heard that a small contingent of residents/business owners in the Richmond was trying to block a Starbucks franchise from opening on Geary between 4th & 5th Avenues, you didn’t give the underdogs much of a shot at success against the big business.

Well, maybe the Richmond has a chance after all:

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San Francisco’s Anti-Starbucks History