Immersive coffee experience to be located in the heart of the new HKRI Taikoo Hui Complex
Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) announced that it will bring its first international Starbucks Roastery and Reserve® Tasting Room to Shanghai, China, in 2017. Located along Nanjing Road (West), one of the world’s busiest shopping destinations, the Roastery will be part of the soon to be built HKRI Taikoo Hui Project, Shanghai’s newest premium world-class retail, office, and hotel area.
Scheduled to open in late 2017, the new Starbucks Roastery and Tasting Room in Shanghai will be inspired by the first location that debuted in December 2014 in the company’s hometown of Seattle, Washington. The 2,700 square-meter (30,000 square-foot) Shanghai space will reflect a similar, immersive all sensory experience. This interactive, retail environment will allow customers in China to better understand the craft of roasting and brewing a range of Starbucks coffees including the rare, limited availability of Starbucks Reserve coffees from around the world.
“China represents the most important and exciting opportunity ahead of us. As our first international Roastery, we will take even bolder steps to make this Shanghai location our most stunning store, while making it completely unique and relevant to the Chinese customer,” said Howard Schultz, chairman and chief executive officer of Starbucks. “The Starbucks Roastery environment honors coffee innovation as a modern day Willy Wonka experience, where customers are only feet away from the theatre and artistry of our coffee craft. I am confident this will be one of the most highly-anticipated store openings in our international markets.”
China is, today, Starbucks largest international market with more than 2,100 stores across over 102 cities, including 55 Starbucks Reserve® stores. The new Roastery represents Starbucks 45-year relentless pursuit for coffee excellence and promises to bring to China an unparalleled experience that starts with the passionate Starbucks partners. Exclusively at the Roastery, customers will be able to watch freshly-roasted beans arrive, connect with Starbucks coffee specialists and master roasters, enjoy a unique beverage and food menu, as well as savor some of the most unique, small-lot coffees brewed multiple ways. Starbucks believes this revolutionary retail concept will make the new Roastery one of the city’s latest and most iconic must-visit lifestyle destinations and landmarks, for Shanghainese and visitors from China and around the world.
The Shanghai Jing’an Government has given Starbucks their full support to bring this first-of-its-kind coffee retail experience that combines coffee roasting, manufacturing, education and retail within a single facility in China. Following a meeting with Starbucks global leaders, Shanghai Jing’an Party Secretary, Mr. An Lusheng, and Shanghai Jing’an Mayor Mr. Lu Xiaodong reiterated: “The new Jing’an is focused on developing high-end commercial sectors, establish new developmental goals for a modern cosmopolitan city, and encourage new retail innovations within our district. The government fully supports this pioneering retail experience and initiative from Starbucks.”
The Starbucks Roastery will be part of the HKRI Taikoo Hui complex, developed jointly between HKR International Limited and Swire Properties Limited, who are fully committed to launch this pioneering project with sustainability and quality at its core. The revolutionary retail experience of the new Starbucks Roastery will be located within a standalone semi-circle building of the complex that faces the bustling Nanjing Road (West), known as China’s Number One Commercial Street, due to its deep history and rich cultural heritage, which is set to become the most anticipated business and lifestyle destination in Shanghai.