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Starbucks Opens in Yosemite National Park


Even though thousands of people petitioned to stop it

Starbucks is now brewing coffee in California’s Yosemite Valley even though 25,000 people signed a petition to prohibit the coffee shop from opening at the 128-year-old national park. Opponents of the Starbucks had argued that the presence of major brands like Starbucks could destroy the “essence” of the park.

The new shop is operating out at the park’s Base Camp Eatery, which cost $7 million to remodel. According to KFSN-TV, the name and décor represent the area’s rock climbing community. Without any signage, the store will be virtually unrecognizable to passersby — an attempt to keep the property as natural-looking as possible.

In addition to coffee, the dining hall will also sell wholesome food items to align with visitors who want to “be healthy, and hike,” Brian Stapleton, vice president of food and beverage for park vendor Aramark, told KFSN. “We’re trying to replicate menu items that facilitate that whole concept.”


The online petition describes the Starbucks opening as a “glaring slide down a slippery slope” and criticizes the lack of public involvement and transparency in the decision.

“Multinational corporations have no place in our National Parks,” the petition declares. “The opening of Starbucks in Yosemite Valley opens the door to further undue development. The Park will lose its essence, making it hardly distinguishable from a chaotic and bustling commercial city.”

While petitioners aren’t happy about the opening, tourists don’t seem to mind.


“I think it’s good. Because no matter what Starbucks you go to it’s all the same. Same quality, and you know what you are getting as soon as you walk in,” Tom Collin told The Guardian. The 23-year-old vacationer from Australia said he appreciated the familiarity of the international chain.

The Daily Meal has reached out to Starbucks for further information.

While some people may enjoy watching their favorite brands pop up in protected areas, others prefer to keep things organic by bringing their own meals. Here are the 10 best national parks to spread out a blanket and have a picnic.


Starbucks Opens a Coffee Shop in Yosemite National Park

Last week, Starbucks opened their first coffee shop inside a U.S. national park. The coffee shop is located in Yosemite Valley Lodge (now known as Base Camp Eatery) within Yosemite National Park.

Despite a LEED certification for the building, the location looks and feels just like any of the other roughly 27,000 Starbucks around the world.

This is partly why more than 25,000 people petitioned to stop it from opening last week.

“I understand that they are trying to improve the infrastructure and make it better than it used to be,” Freddy Brewster, a former Yosemite trail guide who started the petition, told the Guardian. “But it is representative of what our culture is becoming. The government is increasingly dependent on major corporations. Time and time again.”

In addition to the opening of the new location Starbucks also announced last week that they plan to develop ideas for a recyclable cup. Currently, Starbucks’ single-use cups are not recyclable due to a a layer of plastic.


Starbucks Opens a Coffee Shop in Yosemite National Park

Last week, Starbucks opened their first coffee shop inside a U.S. national park. The coffee shop is located in Yosemite Valley Lodge (now known as Base Camp Eatery) within Yosemite National Park.

Despite a LEED certification for the building, the location looks and feels just like any of the other roughly 27,000 Starbucks around the world.

This is partly why more than 25,000 people petitioned to stop it from opening last week.

“I understand that they are trying to improve the infrastructure and make it better than it used to be,” Freddy Brewster, a former Yosemite trail guide who started the petition, told the Guardian. “But it is representative of what our culture is becoming. The government is increasingly dependent on major corporations. Time and time again.”

In addition to the opening of the new location Starbucks also announced last week that they plan to develop ideas for a recyclable cup. Currently, Starbucks’ single-use cups are not recyclable due to a a layer of plastic.


Starbucks Opens a Coffee Shop in Yosemite National Park

Last week, Starbucks opened their first coffee shop inside a U.S. national park. The coffee shop is located in Yosemite Valley Lodge (now known as Base Camp Eatery) within Yosemite National Park.

Despite a LEED certification for the building, the location looks and feels just like any of the other roughly 27,000 Starbucks around the world.

This is partly why more than 25,000 people petitioned to stop it from opening last week.

“I understand that they are trying to improve the infrastructure and make it better than it used to be,” Freddy Brewster, a former Yosemite trail guide who started the petition, told the Guardian. “But it is representative of what our culture is becoming. The government is increasingly dependent on major corporations. Time and time again.”

In addition to the opening of the new location Starbucks also announced last week that they plan to develop ideas for a recyclable cup. Currently, Starbucks’ single-use cups are not recyclable due to a a layer of plastic.


Starbucks Opens a Coffee Shop in Yosemite National Park

Last week, Starbucks opened their first coffee shop inside a U.S. national park. The coffee shop is located in Yosemite Valley Lodge (now known as Base Camp Eatery) within Yosemite National Park.

Despite a LEED certification for the building, the location looks and feels just like any of the other roughly 27,000 Starbucks around the world.

This is partly why more than 25,000 people petitioned to stop it from opening last week.

“I understand that they are trying to improve the infrastructure and make it better than it used to be,” Freddy Brewster, a former Yosemite trail guide who started the petition, told the Guardian. “But it is representative of what our culture is becoming. The government is increasingly dependent on major corporations. Time and time again.”

In addition to the opening of the new location Starbucks also announced last week that they plan to develop ideas for a recyclable cup. Currently, Starbucks’ single-use cups are not recyclable due to a a layer of plastic.


Starbucks Opens a Coffee Shop in Yosemite National Park

Last week, Starbucks opened their first coffee shop inside a U.S. national park. The coffee shop is located in Yosemite Valley Lodge (now known as Base Camp Eatery) within Yosemite National Park.

Despite a LEED certification for the building, the location looks and feels just like any of the other roughly 27,000 Starbucks around the world.

This is partly why more than 25,000 people petitioned to stop it from opening last week.

“I understand that they are trying to improve the infrastructure and make it better than it used to be,” Freddy Brewster, a former Yosemite trail guide who started the petition, told the Guardian. “But it is representative of what our culture is becoming. The government is increasingly dependent on major corporations. Time and time again.”

In addition to the opening of the new location Starbucks also announced last week that they plan to develop ideas for a recyclable cup. Currently, Starbucks’ single-use cups are not recyclable due to a a layer of plastic.


Starbucks Opens a Coffee Shop in Yosemite National Park

Last week, Starbucks opened their first coffee shop inside a U.S. national park. The coffee shop is located in Yosemite Valley Lodge (now known as Base Camp Eatery) within Yosemite National Park.

Despite a LEED certification for the building, the location looks and feels just like any of the other roughly 27,000 Starbucks around the world.

This is partly why more than 25,000 people petitioned to stop it from opening last week.

“I understand that they are trying to improve the infrastructure and make it better than it used to be,” Freddy Brewster, a former Yosemite trail guide who started the petition, told the Guardian. “But it is representative of what our culture is becoming. The government is increasingly dependent on major corporations. Time and time again.”

In addition to the opening of the new location Starbucks also announced last week that they plan to develop ideas for a recyclable cup. Currently, Starbucks’ single-use cups are not recyclable due to a a layer of plastic.


Starbucks Opens a Coffee Shop in Yosemite National Park

Last week, Starbucks opened their first coffee shop inside a U.S. national park. The coffee shop is located in Yosemite Valley Lodge (now known as Base Camp Eatery) within Yosemite National Park.

Despite a LEED certification for the building, the location looks and feels just like any of the other roughly 27,000 Starbucks around the world.

This is partly why more than 25,000 people petitioned to stop it from opening last week.

“I understand that they are trying to improve the infrastructure and make it better than it used to be,” Freddy Brewster, a former Yosemite trail guide who started the petition, told the Guardian. “But it is representative of what our culture is becoming. The government is increasingly dependent on major corporations. Time and time again.”

In addition to the opening of the new location Starbucks also announced last week that they plan to develop ideas for a recyclable cup. Currently, Starbucks’ single-use cups are not recyclable due to a a layer of plastic.


Starbucks Opens a Coffee Shop in Yosemite National Park

Last week, Starbucks opened their first coffee shop inside a U.S. national park. The coffee shop is located in Yosemite Valley Lodge (now known as Base Camp Eatery) within Yosemite National Park.

Despite a LEED certification for the building, the location looks and feels just like any of the other roughly 27,000 Starbucks around the world.

This is partly why more than 25,000 people petitioned to stop it from opening last week.

“I understand that they are trying to improve the infrastructure and make it better than it used to be,” Freddy Brewster, a former Yosemite trail guide who started the petition, told the Guardian. “But it is representative of what our culture is becoming. The government is increasingly dependent on major corporations. Time and time again.”

In addition to the opening of the new location Starbucks also announced last week that they plan to develop ideas for a recyclable cup. Currently, Starbucks’ single-use cups are not recyclable due to a a layer of plastic.


Starbucks Opens a Coffee Shop in Yosemite National Park

Last week, Starbucks opened their first coffee shop inside a U.S. national park. The coffee shop is located in Yosemite Valley Lodge (now known as Base Camp Eatery) within Yosemite National Park.

Despite a LEED certification for the building, the location looks and feels just like any of the other roughly 27,000 Starbucks around the world.

This is partly why more than 25,000 people petitioned to stop it from opening last week.

“I understand that they are trying to improve the infrastructure and make it better than it used to be,” Freddy Brewster, a former Yosemite trail guide who started the petition, told the Guardian. “But it is representative of what our culture is becoming. The government is increasingly dependent on major corporations. Time and time again.”

In addition to the opening of the new location Starbucks also announced last week that they plan to develop ideas for a recyclable cup. Currently, Starbucks’ single-use cups are not recyclable due to a a layer of plastic.


Starbucks Opens a Coffee Shop in Yosemite National Park

Last week, Starbucks opened their first coffee shop inside a U.S. national park. The coffee shop is located in Yosemite Valley Lodge (now known as Base Camp Eatery) within Yosemite National Park.

Despite a LEED certification for the building, the location looks and feels just like any of the other roughly 27,000 Starbucks around the world.

This is partly why more than 25,000 people petitioned to stop it from opening last week.

“I understand that they are trying to improve the infrastructure and make it better than it used to be,” Freddy Brewster, a former Yosemite trail guide who started the petition, told the Guardian. “But it is representative of what our culture is becoming. The government is increasingly dependent on major corporations. Time and time again.”

In addition to the opening of the new location Starbucks also announced last week that they plan to develop ideas for a recyclable cup. Currently, Starbucks’ single-use cups are not recyclable due to a a layer of plastic.


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