A brand new Clover Starbucks opens today in downtown Seattle at 4th and Union.

Today (September 9, 2011) marks the grand opening of an all new Starbucks in downtown Seattle.  It is a Clover store, and is located on the corner of 4th and Union.  It opened at 5:00 a.m. and I managed to be the first customer in the door!  This block has some interesting Seattle history.  Once upon a time, the White-Henry-Stuart Building stood here.  In 1974, it was demolished for the construction of the Rainier Tower which  is now on this block.  I have a previous blog post here which has a section about this Seattle history. I had walked past the store several times as it was under construction too.  The address of this new store is as follows:

Starbucks store #15625 1418 - Fourth Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 682 1139

 

On August 30, 2011, I snapped this photo:

And then on September 2, 2011, again walking by this store, I took a couple of photos with my phone of the locked store under construction.

At 5:00 a.m. this morning, here's what the exterior of the store looked like:

I snapped a number of photos inside the store, though the earliest photos before the sun is up all look a little dark.  I stayed for quite a while in the store chatting with people I knew.  One partner transferred to that store from a store that I frequently visit, and the District Manager was there too.  I started my day with an oatmeal and a tall Honduras Premier from the Clover.  This store is not fantastically huge, but it's in a very central downtown location, and it is a well-thought out space!  I met a ton of new people.  All the partners seemed very friendly!

Here are a few pics to enjoy!  (I took all the photos below today, September 9, 2011, between about 5:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.)

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