Starbucks plans to open its largest location in the world in Chicago.
The Starbucks Reserve Roastery is expected to be its largest location when it opens on Chicago's Magnificent Mile in 2019.
The Roastery is slated to be four stories high and have 43,000 square feet of space. The location will feature roasting, brewing and packaging rare, small-batch Starbucks Reserve coffees from around the world, as well as fresh on-site baking.
In a statement, Starbucks executive chairman, Howard Schultz said Chicago has close ties to Starbucks as the coffee giant opened its first non-Seattle location in the Windy City.
“It was a true test for Starbucks because the Chicago customer is so savvy and discerning about their coffee,” said Schultz. “Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, so we took our time to find an incredible space to match the unprecedented coffee experience our premium Roastery will offer. To be located on one of the best-known retail streets in the world is a proud moment for all of us and we can’t wait to bring Chicago and the world a coffee experience worthy of their most premier real estate.”