Construction is well underway for a new Peet’s Coffee & Tea store at the location formerly occupied by Goody Glover’s bar on the corner of Salem and Cross Streets in Boston’s North End. The switch from Goody Glover’s to Peet’s occurred shortly after new ownership purchased the property.

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The new Peet’s will join a nearby location in Beacon Hill on Charles Street as the second store in downtown Boston. (Ed: As pointed out in the comments, there are a couple of other “Cap One Peet’s” downtown associated Capital One bank branches.)

Representatives from the coffee chain are expected to present their opening plans on November 9th at the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC). Check the Events Calendar for all neighborhood meetings.

14 COMMENTS

  1. Peet’s actually has two other recently opened locations in Downtown: on Tremont opposite the Commons at Park Street and on Boylston across from the Prudential Center. Between Starbucks, Peet’s, DD and everyone else, you’ll be able to buy a cup of java on any street corner in town!

  2. More commercial business in out neighborhood? This a bad sign. Now local coffee shops need to compete with Starbucks, Dunkins down the street, and now Petes. People complain about a hotel down the waterfront that will do nothing but bring profits to small business, but where is the outrage here? Maybe because this does not effect the multi millionaires who live along the water

    • I agree that we should prevent chains like Peet’s and Pinkberry. Local shops with Italian ties are a better way to preserve the character of the North End. I will attend NEWNC and NEWRA meetings to speak against this. The work done to oppose the Lewis Wharf project has been going on for nearly two years. It takes a lot of time, effort and organization of volunteers to fight these proposals, and the Lewis Wharf fight is still going on. Perhaps NEWNC or NEWRA could come up with a plan for how to prevent chains from coming into the North End in the future. Johnny, if you have a plan for this, please announce it in this newsletter. I’ll sign up to help!

  3. We don’t need another coffee chain. Although they are a decent CORPORATE CHAIN, it doesn’t belong in our neighborhood.
    I suggest we vote it down ASAP.
    We have excellent places to get a good cup of coffee and a good espresso that keeps a local flavor to our community. A chain like this belongs on Newbury or at a mall. It is really tacky that the landlord would favor a chain over a neighborhood bar. Shame on the landlord.
    The last mayor forced a starbucks on us when it was voted down by the community, Thank the universe he is no longer with us. His replacement is just as bad.
    NO PEET Take it elsewhere

  4. Once again…there goes the neighborhood allowing chains to come into the North End. People need to stand together and fight this. We keep
    Allowing chains in and soon we will lose the Italian authenticity that is so appealing and keeps the North End unique. Chains do not belong here. We needed to stop this before Pinkberry and we didn’t so now we got Peet’s. What will be the next chain that will open In our neighborhood? The only way to stop them is to not support these chain businesses and continue to support local independent “mom and pop” neighborhood businesses.

  5. The reason corporate chains are coming into the naighborhood are because whenever a local person wants to open a bar or restaurant people complain about noise and liquor licenses… This is why things are getting corporate people need to make up their minds in this neighborhood

  6. Charlie, whether there is local or chains, the Noise is a constant problem. We have far too much
    commerce for this tiny area already. We need affordable housing, over 55 complexes, garages,
    assisted living. We need affordable housing for the aging
    population in our neighborhood. The city should consider them for once, instead of focusing on the
    gentrification and the now exploding shared economy industry.

  7. Let the free market decide whether the business is successful or not. Competition is good for every business. All of these “corporate” establishments you hate started off as mom and pop shops. There have been local coffee shops that couldn’t make it in the North End for some reason (poor management, etc). Look at some of the individuals in the neighborhood that went from owning a single building to now owning dozens of apartments. Are you going to prevent them from buying too much property? Or a restaurant owner who started with one restaurant and now runs more than a handful, like a chain with different names and menus. Some of these people have proved to be exceptional neighbors, and maybe this company will be too.

  8. This is the start of big business taking over a neighborhood.
    This neighborhood is special for many reasons,And has been looked at as an example of old world values.
    I myself have been in business here for 30years.And many times I hear how safe the neighborhood is.Many Dads have thanked me
    for keeping an eye on there kids ,First time away from home! Yes this neighborhood is safe and very clean for such a densely populated
    area,Do you know who keeps an eye on your kids,property etc.Do you know who are great role models for your children.
    Family run businesses like so many of our gems right here in this neighborhood .
    To bad this is glimpse of our future.Landlords throw out good guys like Dan at Goody Glovers.To make room for franchises that will pay more rent.Until every neighborhood in the U.S.A looks and acts the same.
    Still Confused/Confused.
    Ask the people working at Peets to keep an eye on the neighborhood.
    See the dumb look on there kisser.
    As they politly say I have no idea what your talking about sir.

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