September 19, 2013 Store Design

Fact Sheet: Starbucks Store Design

Global Store Design

At Starbucks, we have the unique opportunity to be a part of people’s lives where they live, work and play. We design our stores to enhance the human connection made over a cup of coffee and to be a reflection of the communities that they serve.

With more than 18 in-house design studios around the word, our designers are able to create experiences that honor the integrity of the neighborhoods where they come to life while ensuring that we meet the evolving needs of our customers, globally.

Our Design Commitments

Our design philosophy is driven by our commitment to environmental sustainability, local relevancy and pushing ourselves to bring bold and innovative design to our customers.

  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification: As a pioneer in bringing LEED to retail, in partnership with the US Green Building Council, we have a commitment to building all of our company-owned stores to LEED certification by 2015. We now have LEED certified stores in 18 countries and are continuing to work towards this goal.
  • Local Relevancy: Starbucks stores are gathering places for the community. By creating spaces that reflect this culture and anticipate the needs of the neighborhood, we are designing for the longevity of our communities and our business. From community tables that foster conversation to using materials that highlight the characteristics of the area or ensuring that the biking community has ease of access, we are re-defining where we meet our customers on the journey of their day.
  • Innovation: The evolution of our store design means the commitment to re-imagining the intersection of business and the human experience. As we look towards the next generation of Starbucks customers, we continue to push ourselves to bring provocative and elegant design to our stores around the world. Through the integration of unexpected and sustainable materials like shipping containers and reclaimed fencing or the introduction of unique design-driven experiences like Starbucks coffee workshops and 'slow’ coffee theatre, we are constantly looking for ways to push the boundaries of design.

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 25,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at and

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