Starbucks fans in Williamsville and Snyder soon won't have to get out of their cars to get their coffee.
The coffee conglomerate is closing its longtime location in Williamsville, which lacks a drive-thru, and is moving into a new space just over the village border that has one.
A developer last week filed plans with the Amherst Planning Department seeking approval for Starbucks' move into 5165 Main St., at South Forest Road, which now houses a Dunkin' Donuts.
The petitioner, Main-S Forest LLC, would install a concrete patio in the northeast corner of the building, modify the drive-thru ordering points and install a bike rack, said Ellen Kost, assistant planning director for the town. The Planning Department can administratively approve this minor site plan.
It's not clear whether the Dunkin' Donuts at the site would relocate.
The Starbucks at 5429 Main, at California Road within the village limits, opened in August 1997. It's no secret that Starbucks prefers locations with drive-thrus, but Williamsville doesn't allow the construction of new drive-thru lanes. The new location, however, is just to the west of the village limits and is not subject to that restriction.
The new Starbucks would be going head to head against a Tim Hortons, located across the street and farther west in the Tony Walker Plaza, and against a Spot Coffee, located across the street and just to the east.
The owner of 5429 Main, Trinity Realty Group of Albany, has listed the entire property for sale and, alternatively, is trying to find a new tenant for the Starbucks space.
A flyer for the property from TRG and Caliber Commercial Brokerage states the 2,100-square-foot, first-floor "former Starbucks space" will be available for lease on Oct. 1.