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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Starbucks can't stop tiny coffee shop

The owner of the Coffee Point drive-through in Ankeny was more than a little concerned when she heard a Starbucks with a drive-through was going to locate directly across the street from her coffee kiosk in August 2005.

"I was scared to death, but our roaster said a lot of times business picks up after a Starbucks has settled in," Mary Piltingsrud said.

She and her husband, Dean, bought Coffee Point - then a two-year-old business - at 1806 S.E. Delaware Ave. three years ago. They also opened a shop inside the Mercy North facility, 800 E. First St., one year ago.

Dean's philosophy was that having a Starbucks nearby might be good for business.

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