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You can now get Starbucks at a drive-thru in Toronto

Starbucks has been busy trying to stay competitive in Toronto lately, what with the brand's first express store in the city (and in Canada) at Union Station and its plans to serve wine and beer in the evenings at select locations. Now it's also possible to get a Grande Caramel Frappuccino and a breakfast sandwich without even having to physically step inside a shop - if you have a car, that is.

A new location in Leslieville at Lakeshore Blvd E. and Leslie St. opened this week in what used to be a Burger King, complete with drive-thru window - a first for a Starbucks so close to downtown Toronto. While there are drive-thru locations in North York, Scarborough and Etobicoke, there's never been one so close to the core.

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This could be a wise strategic decision for the coffee corporation, as this is a car-heavy area, with the enormous Loblaws sharing a parking lot, and, incidentally, a Tim Hortons and Wendy's drive-thru right across the street.

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And for those car-less folk and/or those who would actually prefer to spend time in the shop, the interior is pretty spacious with lots of seating, and is already filled with locals excited to have this place open in the neighbourhood.

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Photos by Hector Vasquez.


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