With Stunning New Stores, Starbucks Has a New Design Strategy: Act Local

With Stunning New Stores, Starbucks Has a New Design Strategy: Act LocalLast November, Starbucks opened a new store, just like they’d already done more than 1,700 times in 2013. Like the Starbucks you pass on your way to work, this new coffee shop has everything you need for your caffeine consumption ritual: a coffee bar, cozy lounge and enough coffee choices to make you wired for days on end.

Only there’s a minor difference: This new Starbucks is on a moving train.

The coffee behemoth partnered up with Swiss train company SBB to convert a double-decker train car into a store that people could visit during their workday commute. Logistically speaking, it’s a smart move; instead of making busy customers come to them, they figured, why not just go to the customers? “It’s all about us meeting our customers where they are in their day,” says Bill Sleeth, Starbuck’s vice president of design for the Americas.

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