No, It’s Not Starbucks


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A coffee-deprived cohort of Verona residents have been lobbying hard for a Starbucks here. But alas, that is not to be. Well, at least not now.

The new business going into one of the vacant spaces at the Blenden Group’s Pilgrim Plaza shopping center is Anthony Francos Ristorante & Pizzeria, a mini-chain with businesses in six other northern New Jersey towns. Yup, more pizza.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


  1. We can’t get Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts or an independent book store, but we have 3 Krauszer’s, 2 Subways, 1 7 Eleven and now one more pizza place. I love pizza as much as the next person, but would much rather support a local business to buy a coffee, specialized groceries or a book in my own town than a neighboring town. Why is this so difficult? Anyone else?

  2. I’d love a book store in the old IHOP spot. If they expand to the next vacant lot maybe they could add a Starbucks inside!


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