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There are now *51* Starbucks branches in Co. Dublin, thanks to a new one opening on Aungier Street

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THESE DAYS, IT’S as though you can’t walk down a street in Dublin without stumbling across a Starbucks.

According to the official Starbucks Ireland website, there are now 51 outlets dotted around Co. Dublin.

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And now it looks as though the coffee chain is set to open yet another branch in the city centre.

Avalon House, a hostel on Aungier Street, looks to be undergoing a transformation at the moment and opening a Starbucks café on its premises. The hostel previously operated its own café.

Avalon House confirmed to DailyEdge.ie that a Starbucks was indeed opening on the premises, but couldn’t specify when.

Starbucks has several branches in Dublin 2, many of which are within walking distance of Aungier Street including College Green, Drury Street, Chatham Row, Harcourt Street and Stephen’s Green.

There are also several independent coffee shops located on Aungier Street, including Network, The Bald Barista and Granthams, which could be adversely affected by the opening of Starbucks.  (Additionally, there’s an Insominia, Caffé Nero and Costa all located within short walking distance of the newest Starbucks.)

Last year, the coffee chain caused quite a stir when it opened on Drury Street, prompting Councillor Mannix Flynn to lodge objections to Dublin City Council.

At the time, local business owners cautioned that Dublin was running the risk of becoming overrun with chains.

Last year, Darina Keogh of Clement and Pekoe told DailyEdge.ie that areas like the Creative Quarter could become Grafton Street 2.0 if chains were allowed to muscle in on spaces occupied by independent businesses.

Whether there will be complaints about this latest addition to Dublin city centre remains to be seen…

More: There are 21 Starbucks in Dublin city centre – so what do independent coffee shops think? 

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