Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

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By edhat staff

The new drive-thru Starbucks on Turnpike and Calle Real is now open.

The national coffee chain opened its first drive-through on Santa Barbara's south coast at 4791 Calle Real. Construction began on the busy corner late last year. 

The location will have other business space as it's still under construction.

This is Santa Barbara's seventh Starbucks location.

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PitMix Oct 17, 2019 10:17 AM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

Maybe SBux is just thinking ahead to the time when most cars will be electric. Then waiting in line will just waste your time and a little battery power. If you car is also driverless you can also send it to pick up your coffee for you!

805Surfer Oct 15, 2019 08:56 PM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

I’m not going to wake up the kids to follow me into Starbucks when I could just drive thru. Or I could just skip the caffeine and see how that works out. I’m all for the drive thru. Thumbs up.

a-1575659781 Oct 15, 2019 06:38 PM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

Note how much money it takes to be prepared and if you have a gardener or house cleaner, nanny or dogwalker/groomer, consider gifting them with a small emergency pack and sharing preparation information. And better pay.

a-1575659781 Oct 15, 2019 03:20 PM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

We were there today, and enjoyed _advanced_ enjoyable coffees inside. As we were going back to car, we stopped to talk to workers in the unfinished part of building. They don't have anything there yet, and asked what we would like. I said a gluten-free bakery or restaurant, or ice cream shop. As we talked on, they said there was some affiliation with Fuel Depot gas stations, and they are putting generators into all their gas stations. When Edison turns off our power, the Fuel Depots will still sell gasoline. So there.

a-1575659781 Oct 15, 2019 06:36 PM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

3:20, "so there" back at ya! LOL. We can also keep our cars charged and fully fueled. And adequate batteries, be they Duracell or some solar storage cells that I need. And lots of water and food, meds, etc. All the stuff we all need to do to be prepared for next man-made or natural disaster!

Flicka Oct 15, 2019 12:12 PM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

Obesity is a major health problem in America. Parking and getting out of the car would at least give a bit of exercise. Even in areas with major high heat, walking from a parked (air conditioned) car to an air conditioned store is not a major obstacle. And, as mentioned, pollution from idling cars is horrible.

a-1575659781 Oct 15, 2019 12:19 PM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

"Pollution from idling cars is horrible" is right. And yet people do love to sit in their idling cars, keeping cool, as they yak on their cell phones. It's obnoxious and it's also sad how many people either don't realize the amount of pollution their vehicle is generating or just don't give a damn.

RHS Oct 15, 2019 10:17 AM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

How can rational thought explain this sort of behavior? Selfish people always ignore their impact on others. This is that sort of behavior fueled by corporate accommodation and government tax revenue temptation. While one might excuse pharmacy pick up as a balance between public health and private need, this sort of stuff is just bad.

EastBeach Oct 15, 2019 09:54 AM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

Per the US Dept of Energy, idling for more than 10 seconds creates more pollution than starting your car. Multiply that by 10's or 100's of millions cars per day in the U.S and that's a load of pollution and carbon into the atmosphere ..... https://afdc.energy.gov/files/u/publication/idling_personal_vehicles.pdf

a-1575659781 Oct 15, 2019 12:20 PM
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EASTBEACH: Decades ago Ann Landers (of all people) mentioned this in her column. People either don't know or don't care.

Longing2bhome Oct 15, 2019 08:44 AM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

Not to mention the putrid exhaust from the idling car. I am all for drive thru's in a place with hellish heat. But not beautiful, clean, cool Santa Barbara. Every stop one makes doing errands, walking from your car to the store adds up the steps which equals exercise and good health for your heart. Just my opinion and lifestyle.

a-1575659781 Oct 15, 2019 06:02 PM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

I fully understand where you are coming from. I agree my capabilities just to get in and out of the car is extremely painful and exhausting. I can only make a stop or two and my body gives out. So, I am thrilled to finally have a Hot Coffee and Tea drive-thru near me. Others who are capable of walking in, you do you and we will do what we do. Since disabled people aren't usually the ones idling our cars too often, one drive-thru for us is well deserved!

EastBeach Oct 15, 2019 09:59 AM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

For those with medical or disability issues, curbside pickup works well. At pharmacies, it also allows those with infectious diseases to avoid mixing with the general population.

a-1575659781 Oct 15, 2019 09:57 AM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

CRYSTALSPIRITLUVR - I'm sorry and don't mean to offend, but how to you get everything else that isn't in a drive-through store?

CrystalSpiritLuvr Oct 15, 2019 09:41 AM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

I have certain restrictions in my life that do not allow me to go inside stores to get things, but I can go through drive thru's. It sounds like you don't like them but please also realize other people have different life circumstances and may depend on things like this.

a-1575659781 Oct 15, 2019 07:35 AM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

Do you see it? Right after you read the article about little Hanna Beth and here Journey to remove oil wells, you were then entranced by Gripping Greta's cute little boating journey to environmentally save the world. Totally exhausted you took the drive thru to buy a Starbucks Frappa Coolio Whip and now we've got a huge pile of plastic made from oil polluting the environment. You're a doer!

Z Oct 14, 2019 03:20 PM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

Hope some enterprising lads and lassies with a squirt bottle and newspapers set up shop there, washing car windows in the line.

a-1575659781 Oct 14, 2019 02:58 PM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

More post-modern crap to house chain stores. These desings will age terribly and look awful 10 years from now. They look ok for about a year.

a-1575659781 Oct 15, 2019 07:37 AM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

Stucco in SB ages terribly, especially when angled. Like you said, watch in a few years as the pine frame starts to show through the wall and mold starts to build up. That's what fog does.

a-1575659781 Oct 14, 2019 10:33 AM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

Nice! Great location and very easy on/off freeway access. The only other drive-thru for "good" coffee is at Zizzo's on Storke Road. We do all of our banking, pharmacy, quick meals, and now coffee at drive-thrus. If only there was a local drive-thru for bbq (McRib sandwiches do not count as bbq....lol!!!).

a-1575659781 Oct 15, 2019 06:28 PM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

Dear Crystal: If you refresh your browser after you hit "send" on your edhat post and then look at the responses, yours should be there. You can email Edhat to delete the multi-posts if you choose. Most of us have done it. And if you stick around, reply to posters by time of day, not number. Cheers.

CrystalSpiritLuvr Oct 15, 2019 09:40 AM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

I have certain restrictions in my life that do not allow me to go inside stores to get things, but I can go through drive thru's. It sounds like you don't like them but please also realize other people have different life circumstances and may depend on things like this.

CrystalSpiritLuvr Oct 15, 2019 09:40 AM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

I have certain restrictions in my life that do not allow me to go inside stores to get things, but I can go through drive thru's. It sounds like you don't like them but please also realize other people have different life circumstances and may depend on things like this.

CrystalSpiritLuvr Oct 15, 2019 09:41 AM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

I have certain restrictions in my life that do not allow me to go inside stores to get things, but I can go through drive thru's. It sounds like you don't like them but please also realize other people have different life circumstances and may depend on things like this.

CrystalSpiritLuvr Oct 15, 2019 09:41 AM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

I have certain restrictions in my life that do not allow me to go inside stores to get things, but I can go through drive thru's. It sounds like you don't like them but please also realize other people have different life circumstances and may depend on things like this.

CrystalSpiritLuvr Oct 15, 2019 09:41 AM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

I have certain restrictions in my life that do not allow me to go inside stores to get things, but I can go through drive thru's. It sounds like you don't like them but please also realize other people have different life circumstances and may depend on things like this.

CrystalSpiritLuvr Oct 15, 2019 09:41 AM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

I have certain restrictions in my life that do not allow me to go inside stores to get things, but I can go through drive thru's. It sounds like you don't like them but please also realize other people have different life circumstances and may depend on things like this.

CrystalSpiritLuvr Oct 15, 2019 09:41 AM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

I have certain restrictions in my life that do not allow me to go inside stores to get things, but I can go through drive thru's. It sounds like you don't like them but please also realize other people have different life circumstances and may depend on things like this.

CrystalSpiritLuvr Oct 15, 2019 09:41 AM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

I have certain restrictions in my life that do not allow me to go inside stores to get things, but I can go through drive thru's. It sounds like you don't like them but please also realize other people have different life circumstances and may depend on things like this.

Luvaduck Oct 15, 2019 08:21 AM
Drive Thru Starbucks Opens for Business

"Incidental exercise" burns calories and is a fairly easy way to prevent putting on so much weight that it causes physical disabilities & diseases that shorten life. You may want to rethink not wanting to get out of your vehicle.

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