Starbucks’ Ban of Arepa Lady Coffee Sales Is Totally Normal

Noncompete clauses are par for the course

Queens street food favorite Arepa Lady won’t be able to sell coffee when it moves into its new building in Jackson Heights — turns out a non-compete clause from coffee giant Starbucks bans any neighboring restaurants from selling java.

DNAinfo reports that the famed arepa restaurant from Maria “Arepa Lady” Cano wants to get a liquor license partly because they can’t sell any coffee or tea due to the Seattle-based corporation’s lease with the property. …

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