Arlington Christmas tree stand could be replaced by Starbucks

A longtime staple of Christmas cheer in north Arlington may soon fall victim to progress, as a Christmas tree stand that has stood for nearly seven decades could be facing its final holiday.

The stand, which is run by the Arlington Optimists and has sold trees at the corner of Lee Highway and North Glebe Road for generations, is faced with the prospect of being pushed out by development.

Rumors are swirling that a Starbucks drive-thru is set to go up in that location, despite the fact that there are three other locations of the national coffee chain within one mile.

"I think it would be nice if we didn't have another national chain, and instead sold trees (for) another 66 years," Optimist volunteer J.B. Whitlow said.

Supporters and volunteers stand, which sells upwards of 2,000 trees per year, are optimistic that tree sales will go on in support of the Optimists. They just don't know where.