Starbucks has plans for old Pancho’s Buffet site

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The world’s largest coffee shop chain is plotting a move onto the old Pancho’s property at San Mateo and Montgomery.

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.