"Story About a Man Named Jed, part 1"
July 23, 2003
As my friends finish college, they've been moving all over the Midwest. Some have ended up in towns like Madison, WI, Milwaukee, WI, Minneapolis, MN, and Green Bay, WI. However, I want to focus on my friend Jed in Chicago. He's the "Sausage Factory in progress." I snapped that picture one day while he was sleeping with the door to his dorm room open. Sucker.
Like I said, Jed just finished school and is currently living in Chicago. We've talked a few times since his graduation and he came to believe that there many Starbucks in his neighborhood.
So we did a little research on what exactly was in his neighborhood. He lives very near Wrigley Field, home of the Cubbies. Using their own technology (online store-finders), this is what we found.
Within two miles, there are 27 Starbucks restaurants.
Within three miles, there are ten Walgreens stores.
Within three miles, there are 21 7-11 convenience stores.
Within five miles, there are 15 Kinko's copy centers.
Within five miles, there are 18 UPS drop-off locations.
Within five miles, there are 20 Bank One "banking centers".
Within five miles, there are 43 McDonald's restaurants.
All in all, there's just a great saturation of these stores in the downtown Chicago area. It wasn't just the Wrigley area, either, there are a total of 89 Starbucks within 5 miles. Singlehandedly, Starbucks is revitalizing the job market for high school dropouts and graduates alike.
We even performed a similar search in Seattle, WA, to see if Starbucks could outdo their spread in Chicago. They couldn't. While it was also impressive in Seattle, they couldn't compare to the slew in Chicago. This leads us to believe that Chicago actually has the most concentrated number of Starbucks in the US. If you can find a more populous area, please, let us know.
In the meantime, think about finding a new hobby. You may be supporting a young person or you may work at Starbucks yourself. Whatever, you have a caffeine addiction.
Posted by dennis @ 08:22 PM