“In fact, Starbucks created the market for the small coffee shop,” says Bryant, whose new book “Everything but the Coffee: Learning about America from Starbucks” is due to be released in October.
Simon argues that 20 years ago you couldn’t find a “good” cup of coffee anywhere, until Starbucks came along and “created a desire and a taste for specialty coffee” that eventually gave birth to the corner specialty coffee shop.
In his column for TheBigMoney.com (Frappuccinos Work for Mom and Pop), Jonathan Weber argues that the closing of a Starbucks store in Missoula, Montana is no cause for celebration by small coffee houses. “It’s dangerous to assume that what’s bad for the chains is good for the mom-and-pops,” writes Weber, who maintains the loss of jobs from the Starbucks closure will hurt local businesses. “In this economy, a store closure is nothing to cheer about.”
A Slate article from 2007, titled “Don’t Fear Starbucks,” details the saga of a small Los Angeles-based coffee chain that discovered the intrusion of Starbucks was actually the best thing for its business.