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#21 G-Man

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 04:50 PM

Really? i think the one at Blanshard and Fort was there before the Cook Street one.

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#22 gumgum

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 07:57 PM

I would have guessed it was the one on Gov and Yates.

#23 Mike K.

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 08:11 PM

The one at Gov and Yates didn't appear until 99 give or take a bit.

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 08:12 PM

I thought Cook St. was first, but I could be wrong. I am very sure, however, that the Cook Street location is the single biggest grossing one in the region.
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Posted 11 July 2007 - 08:43 PM

Well since I remember when Starbucks wasn't in Cook Street Village and Moka House was. I am pretty sure though that the Fort and Blanshard locale was already there.

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#26 m0nkyman

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 10:29 PM

Fort and Blanshard was first by my recollection....

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 11:28 PM

Times Colonist:

March 8 1994: Restaurants: Starbucks opens its first location in Victoria on Friday, at Fort and Blanshard. It will be open 6 a.m. to midnight weekdays, from 7 a.m. weekends and close at 10 p.m. Sundays. Its second outlet, in Mayfair shopping centre, opens March 19.


July 23, 1996: Starbucks will open its eighth Victoria-area coffee bar on Aug. 10, at Fort Street and Foul Bay Road. (Number seven opened recently in Hillside mall's food court.) Manager Lara McCulloch says it has six tables, about the size of the Oak Bay Avenue outlet, but a different look from the traditional forest green and brown woods.

She says this one has cherry and mustard shades. Also expect more Starbucks in the region, she says. So far there are none west of Douglas Street or on the Saanich Peninsula.


The Chapters Starbucks and the Cook St. Moka house opened in 1997.
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Posted 12 July 2007 - 06:26 AM

Thank you! I'll take this opportunity to say 'Damn I'm good!'

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#29 FunkyMunky

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 12:30 PM

I wonder where was the first Victoria Starbucks?

I don't know what the first store was but the one at Saanich Centre on the corner of Quadra and McKenzie and the Mayfair Mall stores were very early in the role-out. If I had to guess, I'd say the first store was the Saanich Centre store.

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 12:35 PM

Yeh, the Starbucks "non-reno" is one of the mysteries of life. What did they do? Why did they do it? When will they do it again??!!

They have a ten year refresh cycle. The Fort and Foul Bay store is transitioning from the hi-tech loft style (with yellow jazz print mural) to a more sophisticated space with chocolate coloured walnut panelling and grey-blue walls. It should be a noticeable change (unless you're one of the folks who wander in from the EMP, in which case, you probably won't notice anything at all).

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 02:59 PM

The first one in Saanich was the one at mayfair as Holden pointed out but it was two years later than the Fort and Blansahrd one.

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 03:49 PM

You guys are confusing me re: the timeline. Also, Mayfair is in Victoria.

Here's what we know from the news items above:

1. Fort & Blanshard (1994)
2. Mayfair (1994)
3. ?
4. ?
5. ?
6. ?
7. Hillside Mall (1996?)
8. Fort & Foul Bay (1996)

We also know that Oak Bay Avenue was somewhere from 3-6 and that 3-6 did not include any outlets downtown west of Douglas or on the Saanich Peninsula.

So I'm guessing it was something like so:

1. Fort & Blanshard (1994)
2. Mayfair
3. Cook Street Village
4. Oak Bay Avenue
5. Quadra & Mckenzie
6. Shelbourne Plaza
7. Hillside Mall
8. Fort & Foul Bay (1996)

#33 aastra

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 04:19 PM

Just in case anybody doesn't know about this interesting and informative site:

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#34 Holden West

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 04:50 PM

Amazing the explosive growth 1994-97.

I've been to the Duncan Plaza Starbucks. Surrounded by 10 square miles of vast, empty parking lot--not cozy.
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Posted 13 July 2007 - 04:53 PM

Check out the river rock on the Port Alberni one:

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#36 Holden West

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 04:56 PM

^River rock, rough-hewn wooden beams and faux-copper roof...you hit the "West Coast" trifecta.
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Posted 14 July 2007 - 09:00 AM

The first one in Saanich was the one at mayfair as Holden pointed out but it was two years later than the Fort and Blansahrd one.


Mayfair isn't in Saanich so I think the first one in Saanich is the Saanich Centre one.
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Posted 22 October 2007 - 03:29 PM

I was disappointed to notice on the weekend, that the Hillside Starbucks has started to use a black permanent marker to redact the US price from their price tags. Rather than reduce the Canadian price to reflect the surging Canadian dollar's rise over the last several years, they are going to try and sidestep the issue of cheaper US prices and continue to charge us more. As a consumer, I don't appreciate it when a corporation treats me with contempt.

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Posted 22 October 2007 - 05:32 PM

I was disappointed to notice on the weekend, that the Hillside Starbucks has started to use a black permanent marker to redact the US price from their price tags. Rather than reduce the Canadian price to reflect the surging Canadian dollar's rise over the last several years, they are going to try and sidestep the issue of cheaper US prices and continue to charge us more. As a consumer, I don't appreciate it when a corporation treats me with contempt.


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Posted 23 October 2007 - 12:45 AM

I took a quick look in the Oak Bay Avenue store this evening and they haven't redacted the price labels. I'll look at a couple of other stores when I'm about town this week but perhaps this is limited to the Hillside store.

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