A 2,515-square-foot Starbucks is rising rapidly in the parking lot of Southgate Shopping Center. The developer has said the unfinished shell should be ready to hand over to the coffee company in April. These photos were taken at eye level from the sidewalk along South Florida Avenue a couple of evenings ago.

LkldNow posts showing these photos on Facebook and Instagram drew dozens of comments from people who either were saddened that the building blocks the view of the arch or gladdened that a larger Starbucks is replacing the crowded, parking-challenged one at Florida and Beacon.

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Barry Friedman founded Lkldnow.com in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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