Starbucks is attempting to open a franchise at Yosemite National Park, but people are less than enthusiastic, trying to thwart the national chain with an online petition.
Aramark, the official food service company in Yosemite, is considering adding a Starbucks, much to the chagrin of national park enthusiasts. Disgruntled patrons have signed a petition titled “Stop Starbucks in Yosemite” — which had more than 11,000 signatures as of Tuesday morning — to prevent the Seattle coffee chain from opening at Yosemite. Many fear the spread of corporate development within the iconic park, according to the New York Post.
“Multinational corporations have no place in our National Parks,” the petition reads. “The opening of a 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.”
The petition adds that this is a “slippery slope” that would encourage other large corporations to enter the park. A Starbucks would be the first chain food service in Yosemite, according to its website.
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