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World's Largest Starbucks Coming to Rafael Viñoly's Chelsea Building

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The 20,000 square foot store is set to open in 2018

Being that Starbucks is the number one thing New York City needs more of, the chain announced this morning that it has plans to open a new roastery in Chelsea in 2018 (h/t DNAinfo). This is no ordinary roastery. The shop will anchor the new office building designed by 432 Park Avenue architect Rafael Viñoly at 61 Ninth Avenue, the former site of Prince Lumber. At 20,000 square feet, it'll be the largest Starbucks in the world, Fortune says. To put that into context, that means the Starbucks will be about the same size as a Barnes & Noble.

The new shop will follow the same model as the company's roastery in Seattle, the birthplace of the chain, meaning that it won't only be a place for computer campers, bathroom-seekers, and unrooted coffee snobbery. It will also be a place to learn about the craft of roasting and brewing coffee, Fortune says. The new store will go by the name The Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room and will open in 2018.

Viñoly's nine-story office building is set to be complete in 2017, according to new estimates.

Prince Lumber

404 W 15th St, New York, NY 10011 (212) 777-1150