Starbucks plans to open a pickup-only store at chain headquarters next week. The venture is widely seen as the test of a way to avoid logjams at conventional units of customers who ordered and paid for their coffee remotely.
That congestion was cited by management as a partial reason for a slowdown in same-store sales growth during the chain’s most recent fiscal quarter.
The pickup-only outlet will be open solely to employees. The staff members were alerted to the new amenity in a letter sent to the team yesterday.
Details were not revealed about what the unit might sell beyond coffee.
The unit will apparently be glass-walled so the employee-customers can watch their coffee being brewed. Orders will apparently be passed to the patron via a window.