Global coffeehouse chain Starbucks has opened its first Asia Pacific container store in Taiwan with a focus on the on-the-go market.
This announcement is part of the company’s commitment to establish sustainable stores under the ‘Starbucks Greener Stores’ initiative, which was launched globally earlier this month.
Built using recycled shipping containers, the 320m2 long and two stories tall drive-thru location will serve customers on-the-go on Nanbin Road in Hualien City.
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma provided the exterior design of the store that saw the use of 29 used shipping containers.
Interior of the container store features seating areas for customers as well as graphics related coffee.
The coffee retailer opened 45 pre-fabricated modular stores under this concept in the US. These locations allow the company to minimise the environmental footprint associated with new buildings.
Starbucks has also announced that it will design, build and operate 10,000 ‘Greener Stores’ globally by 2025.
The company has partnered with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to develop the ‘Starbucks Greener Stores’ framework and selected SCS Global Services to audit the framework.
Under the Starbucks Greener Stores initiative, the company will develop an accredited programme to review its existing company-operated stores in the US and Canada.
Starbucks is a roaster and retailer of speciality coffee, which currently operates more than 25,000 stores around the globe.