Original Starbucks

Coordinates: 47°36′36″N 122°20′33″W / 47.60990°N 122.34244°W / 47.60990; -122.34244
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Original Starbucks
The store's exterior in March 2006
Restaurant information
Established1971 (1971)
Street address1912 Pike Place
CountryUnited States
Coordinates47°36′36″N 122°20′33″W / 47.60990°N 122.34244°W / 47.60990; -122.34244

The Pike Place Starbucks store, also known as the Original Starbucks, is the first Starbucks store, established in 1971 at Pike Place Market, in the downtown core of Seattle, Washington, United States.

The store's exterior in February 2014

The doors to the first Starbucks store opened on March 30th, 1971. It was founded by Gordon Bowker, Jerry Baldwin, and Zev Siegl.[1] The store was 1000 square feet and first ran by one singular employee.[2]

While commonly referred to as the first Starbucks location, the current address is the second for the Pike Place store. The first restaurant was located at 2000 Western Avenue for five years. It is currently located in 1912 Pike Place.[3] The store is one of three in what is referred to as "The Heritage Market". Together, these stores (all within five blocks of one another) are able to showcase the past, present and future of Starbucks.[4][5]

The Original Starbucks has kept its early appearance over time, and is subject to design guidelines and historic significance.[6] It is known for tourist attraction and hosting crowds.[7][8] The store still displays many aspects of the shop that it had when it first opened up. For example, the original siren can still be found on the window of the store. Also, brass labels from the bulk coffee bins the year they opened are still in the store for people to view.[2]

The store began by selling whole bean coffee, tea, and spices.[9] The store still sells whole bean coffee along with handcrafted beverages, but no longer sells tea or spices as retail.

Of all storefront locations, Pike Place boasts one of the most significant sales turnovers in the United States.[10]

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  1. ^ "Starbucks: The Early Years". www.historylink.org. Retrieved 2024-05-04.
  2. ^ a b https://stories.starbucks.com/stories/2015/store-tour-inside-1912-pike-place-seattle-usa/
  3. ^ Stephen Brewer; Constance Brissenden; Anita Carmin (26 September 2012). DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Pacific Northwest. Dorling Kindersley. pp. 135–. ISBN 978-1-4053-7081-3. Archived from the original on 19 October 2022. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Starbucks brews new vision for 3 key Seattle stores; staff told to reapply for jobs". The Seattle Times. 2022-06-21. Retrieved 2024-04-23.
  5. ^ "Starbucks to launch 'Heritage Market' concept at 3 Seattle stores". Puget Sound Business Journal.
  6. ^ "Visiting Seattle: Points of Interest". City of Seattle. Archived from the original on December 16, 2014. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  7. ^ "Pike Place, parks and museums make Seattle shimmer". Fox News Channel. September 23, 2012. Archived from the original on September 23, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  8. ^ "The Complete Guide to Pike Place Market: Key Attractions". Visit Seattle. Archived from the original on September 10, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  9. ^ "The First Starbucks". Pike Place Market. 2023-08-16. Retrieved 2024-05-04.
  10. ^ https://stories.starbucks.com/stories/2014/summer-road-trip-pike-place-seattle/

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