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.)