Developers eying two corner lots to build new Starbucks, El Pollo Loco

Palm Springs doesn’t currently have an El Pollo Loco, but there are two in adjacent Cathedral City. There are currently five drive-through Starbucks inside the city limits.

Fans of fast food — especially a certain major coffee chain – will have more choices in Palm Springs if developers eyeing two corner lots follow through on plans.

Driving the news: Documents on file at City Hall show that a new Starbucks and a new El Pollo Loco are currently in the pre-application phase.

  • The Kaidence Group hopes to build a Starbucks at the southeast corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Racquet Club Road. The property is adjacent to an existing Del Taco and sees thousands of vehicles pass by on the way into and out of the city.

  • Another developer hopes to construct an El Pollo Loco at the northwest corner of Sunrise Way and Tahquitz Canyon Way in what is now the parking lot for the new Riverside County community health center, across the street from another Del Taco.

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Zoom in: Palm Springs doesn’t currently have an El Pollo Loco, but there are two in adjacent Cathedral City. There are currently five drive-through Starbucks inside the city limits, as well as a Reserve store downtown. Multiple grocery stores have Starbucks available inside.

  • The two most recent Starbucks drive-throughs opened in the past year – one is near the Raising Cane’s at Ramon and San Luis Rey; the other is near Albertson’s at the corner of Sunrise and Vista Chino.

But wait: If and when the proposed Starbucks opens it will be fairly unique. As currently proposed, the 1,120-square-foot building won’t have any inside seating. Instead, it will feature a double drive-through and a walk-up window, with 12 seats outside.

  • A letter submitted by the developer states the Starbucks would be open 24 hours day.

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