Starbucks has applied for a building permit for a new location at 4301 San Mateo NE, the former home of Pancho’s Mexican Buffet.
According to documents filed with the City of Albuquerque planning department, Starbucks is seeking the go-ahead to build a new, 2,200-square-foot location with drive-through at the site.
The property’s existing restaurant building has been vacant since last summer. Pancho’s closed a few years ago, and a pair of sports bars have since opened and closed in the same location.
Property owner Ted Garcia declined to comment on the situation, and a Starbucks’ spokeswoman said the company had nothing “to share about potential locations in Albuquerque.”
But it seems there are also others brewing around town.
Starbucks has applied for a city permit to build a 2,200-square-foot location, also with a drive-through, along Juan Tabo near Copper, records show.
That’s on top of a previously announced 4,000-square-foot Starbucks going up on 12th Street near Interstate 40, across from the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. That location — a licensed store that will be operated by a pueblo-owned corporate entity — will break ground next month, according to IPCC President Mike Canfield.
Starbucks already has 33 locations in Albuquerque, according to its website.