Mark Korman tried for five years to convince a Starbucks to open at his 7.5-acre center in Horsham.
Korman, president of the commercial division of Korman Communities, said his training in acting help get him used to hearing "no."
Letters of intent came and went for a Saxbys Coffee and a Bruegger's Bagels, yet nothing materialized.
"It just never worked out there," Korman said over lunch at neighboring Plenti Grand Cafe. "If it wasn't a bank or a coffeehouse, I wasn't interested."
Korman's interest piqued recently after he was able to convince Starbucks Coffee to open a store and drive-through on what he describes as the "best corner in Horsham," the intersection of Horsham and Dresher roads within The Elements Horsham, the newly renovated center that his company owns.
"I was impatiently patient," Korman said of the several years of vacancy that followed Bank of America's departure.
Now, he said the thousands of cars that drive past every day, coupled with the "notoriety" of a Starbucks will not only bring in more patrons to the center, but also more prospective businesses.
"We now have some really prime locations that abut a Starbucks," Korman said during a tour of the stone facade center, which opened in 1989 as Pine Run Corners Inc. "We're creating something here. The excitement is really building."