By Kathy Canavan

Rob and Chris Buccini tried to get Starbucks to come to downtown Wilmington for more than 10 years on and off. As late as the first quarter of 2014, business people were saying Starbucks would never put a shop downtown.

The Buccinis persisted. With more than half their portfolio along Market Street, they wanted some gold-standard amenities for the convenience of their residents.

“Our company was obsessed with Starbucks, because of the power of the brand,” said Michael J. Hare, Buccini’s senior vice president for development. “Starbucks certainly are everywhere. It’s one of those brands that shows, at a minimum, that you’ve arrived and you have some credibility.”

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