Starbucks Coffee Company is going big in the Windy City — in a space that is currently to home to one of the city’s iconic retail flagships.
The coffee retailer will open a four-level, 43,000-sq.-ft. Starbucks Reserve Roastery on Michigan Avenue in Chicago in 2019, in the building currently occupied by Crate & Barrel. The home goods chain, which has operated a store on the site for 27 years, is expected to close its door in early 2018.
The Chicago Roastery will be the company’s third Roastery location in the United States. The concept, which debuted in late 2014 in Seattle, will open in Manhattan in 2018. International locations are in the works for Shanghai, opening late 2017, and Milan and Tokyo, slated to open in 2018.
Similar to the Seattle location, the Chicago Roastery will be dedicated to roasting, brewing and packaging rare, small-batch…