In our small section of South Orange County, CA there is a beautiful seaide community called Dana Point. The main drag through this area is one that splits at the heart of town, with one route going one-way North, the other South. There's a Starbucks on the South-bound street.
Recently Starbucks bought out a local coffee chain called Dietrich's. There was a Dietrich's on the Northbound street (physically maybe 2 or 3 blocks away from the Starbucks on the South-bound route). At first it looked like the Dietrich's was just closing, and that must have been wonderful news for the single local coffee place about a block North of it. Now......... the Dietrich's is being replaced by........ of course... a new Starbuck's.
It's not that unususal for Starbucks to have a unit in a shopping center here and also have a counter inside a market in the same center or across the street. I guess they're just so big that they can afford to pick up every available site that pencils out for them, thus increasing their market share even more and effectively blocking out competition.
I'm just really getting annoyed by it.
Feel a little better now...... not much......... a little.