As Crate & Barrel moves its production unit from its Fulton Market offices to a repurposed Marshall Field’s warehouse in Logan Square, the homeware company is also vacating its iconic Magnificent Mile flagship store. Home to C&B for 27 years, the five-story building will reopen next year as the world’s largest Starbucks Reserve Roastery.
Crate & Barrell is set to close the store at 646 N. Michigan Avenue on January 24—possibly even sooner if it manages to liquidate all of its heavily-discounted merchandise before then. In the meantime, the project has already scored a construction permit estimated at $9.7 million.
According to the permit info, the Seattle-based coffee giant has tapped local architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz to redesign the 43,000 square-foot space. SCB served as original design architect on the post-modern building back when it was built in 1990. The Mag Mile store went on to inspire dozens of standalone Crate & Barrel stores across the country.
The upcoming mega-Starbucks will offer a “fully sensorial coffee environment” including a working bakery and rooftop deck. The company launched its first ‘Roastery Experience’ in Seattle in 2014 and opened a 30,000-square-foot location in Shanghai, China late last year. Additional locations in Milan and New York are expected to open in 2018 followed by Chicago and Tokyo in 2019.
- Starbucks to open ‘Roastery’ location on Michigan Avenue in 2019 [Curbed Chicago]
- Renovation/alteration permit at 646 N. Michigan Avenue [Chicago Cityscape]
- Previous Magnificent Mile coverage [Curbed Chicago]