Starbucks just keeps getting bigger and bigger as it's set opens its largest store to date at the Magnificent Mile in Michigan Avenue, a.k.a. Chicago’s premiere commercial district. Standing at 43,000 square feet, the soon-to-open Starbucks Reserve Roastery has already eclipsed Tokyo, Japan’s own 32,000 square feet reserve. The Michigan branch is now the coffee juggernaut’s sixth Roastery in the world after having established their branches in Seattle, Shanghai, New York City, Milan, and Tokyo.
Set to open on November 15, 2019 at 10 a.m., the four-story Reserve reportedly plans on hiring 200 employees to handle all the coffee-related madness brewing inside. Much like its five other counterparts, the store will be roasting and packaging its own beans in real time right in front of its customers. Aside from this, according to a press release, the roastery will be "an immersive experience dedicated to roasting and brewing small-batch Starbucks Reserve coffee from around the world."
You can also expect an extensive menu of drinks and pastries specific only to the store as it seeks to adhere to the sensibilities of Chicago locals with a special drinks selection. To add to that, a bar will also be available for visitors thirsting for a cocktail or two during happy hour.
According to Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz, the choice to erect their sixth Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Chicago comes out of sentiment as the city housed the brand’s first ever branch outside its home base of Seattle, almost 32 years ago.
Planning a trip to Michigan soon? Make sure a coffee run’s part of your itinerary.