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Starbucks' Fancy New China Flagship Store Features a Floor for Star-Gazing

It also serves a range of arabica coffee beans from around the globe.


Starbucks has opened a new swanky flagship location in China. According to a press release, it's located in the city of Chengdu in the recently opened Chengdu Taikoo Li "retail and entertainment district." The store has been "designed to honor the vibrant culture" of the city: It features "Sichuan-inspired tiles," silk art from local craftsmen, and materials similar to the nearby historic Daci Temple.

The store itself is three stories: The first floor features a Starbucks Reserve Coffee interactive bar. On the second floor, there is "plush custom seating" for customers to relax with a cup of coffee. The third floor is a loft space where people can host large gatherings, or incredibly, star-gaze in the evenings "through the exposed terra cotta ceiling."

As for the coffee, the flagship location will be a Reserve store, meaning that customers will be able to purchase "a range of rare... small-lot arabica coffee" from around the globe. It's the eighth Starbucks Reserve store to open in China since the chain introduced the concept in October 2014. The coffee chain has been investing a lot of money into expanding its upscale coffee offerings. Starbucks recently opened a fancy Roastery concept in Seattle which it plans to bring "somewhere in Asia" in 2016.

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