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Brief Published: 5 Oct 2012

Starbucks’ New Eco-Local Drive Thru


American coffee company Starbucks has launched a new concept store in Colorado, US as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to cultivating more design-led, sustainability-focused and locally oriented destinations.

Starbucks has pledged to refresh the design of every location at least every five years. But this particular exercise demonstrates a new café concept, pulling away from the ‘community coffee-house style’ where consumers linger for longer in favour of a faster-paced, ‘grab-and-go’ offer.  

Designed by a team led by Anthony Perez, senior concept design manager for Starbucks, the store offers a walk-up and Drive-thru service only – there is no space for interior seating. At just 500 sq ft, the store will only provide enough room for three to five employees.

The prefabricated modular structure, which was built in a nearby factory before being delivered to the site, is comprised of a set of shipping containers wrapped in locally-sourced Wyoming snow fencing. Fully LEED-certified (a rating system for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings), all materials used in the build have come from within a 500-mile radius. 

For more on Starbucks’ larger design agenda, see our coverage of the International Retail Design Conference, where Perez reveals more of the brand’s thinking. For more on the topic of prefabricated structures, see our report Prime Time for Prefabs. And for additional insights and inspiring examples of the changing role of the café as a place to work and play, see Café Culture.