Starbucks returns to Merrillville

Starbucks is planning to open a new store in Crown Point.

CROWN POINT — Ten years after the Starbucks at 10761 Broadway was among 600 closed nationwide by the coffee chain, a new one is being planned just north of that location. And it would be joined by a Chipotle Mexican Grill.

A workshop was held for the proposed businesses at a recent meeting between developers and the city's plan commission.

The project calls for Starbucks and Chipotle to be neighbors in the vacant land between Rosati's Pizza and BMO Harris Bank at 10715 and 10735 Broadway near Strack & Van Til.

The Starbucks that closed in 2008 is now a La Quesadilla Mexican Grill. 

Ryan Marovich, of DVG Inc., representing the developers, said the area has changed a bit since then, and the new Starbucks is a free-standing, newer concept. 

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Developers also said that Starbucks is "very bullish about the site."

Developers of the Starbucks and Chipotle will also have to adhere to the city's strict Williamsburg-style facade standards required for the Broadway corridor. Crown Point planners initially were pleased with early renderings of both businesses.

Starbucks and Chipotle would join several other new restaurants being developed in the city's Beacon Hill area including Uptown Cafe, which is nearly ready to open northeast of the intersection of Broadway and 107th Avenue. Like the new Starbucks, Uptown Cafe also will feature a drive-through.

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Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.