More than 32 years and 130-plus new locations since Starbucks first opened its doors in Chicago in 1987, the Seattle-based coffee giant has set a fall opening date for its biggest retail space yet.
A massive four-story, 43,000-square-foot Starbucks Reserve Roastery is scheduled to open Friday, November 15 at 646 N. Michigan Avenue on the Magnificent Mile, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The mega-Starbucks is replacing the flagship Crate & Barrel store that closed last year. Starbucks is involving the Chicago-founded furniture and home retailer’s founder Gordon Segal in the design of the Reserve Roastery, according to the Tribune. The permit for the new Starbucks also listed Solomon Cordwell Buenz—the original architect of the Crate & Barrel store built in 1990—as the architecture firm redesigning the space.
The Mag Mile Reserve Roastery is one of six to open globally since 2014—and third in the United States. Starbucks founder Howard Schultz has previously described the roastery concept as “the Willy Wonka of coffee.” It is expected to include a rooftop deck, a bakery, and specialty cocktails developed by local mixologists including Eater Young Gun Julia Momose.