Starbucks to serve beer and wine on Amazon campus

The planned Starbucks extends to the far corner in this picture, at Terry Avenue and Republican Street.

Amazon employees in need of an after-work drink will soon have even more options, thanks to another Seattle corporate giant, Starbucks.

Sign signals plans for beer at wine at the new Starbucks at Amazon.com.

The coffee retailer has applied for a liquor license to serve beer and wine at a large new location at 440 Terry Ave. N., on the first floor of one of the buildings in Amazon’s new headquarters complex.

It’s part of a boom in restaurants and coffee shops in and around the Amazon campus in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood.

Starbucks has a handful of existing locations in the Pacific Northwest that serve beer and wine, but the Amazon campus represents a high-profile location for testing the strategy.

We’ve asked Starbucks for more details, including the size of the store and its opening date, and we’ll update this post when we hear back.

Update: We’re hearing that the store is scheduled to open early next year, but it won’t feature wine and beer until later in 2012.

In the meantime, the coffee company is promoting the store with this very Amazon-oriented sign in the window.

(Thanks to Adam for the tip!)

  • http://twitter.com/toddhooper Todd Hooper

    Counting the minutes til this opens…

  • http://twitter.com/Seattle_Startup Seattle Startup

    Checking out the Amazon openings now…

  • Guest

    This is fantastic news! I’m glad to see so many places are out there serving the Amazon crowd.

  • http://twitter.com/SbuxMel Starbucks Melody

    I’m excited for the new store!  I had been thinking that I would want to talk about this store later in a small Starbucks blog that I produce, and had just contacted someone in Starbucks PR about it, just the other day.  As far a I know, Starbucks has put beer and wine on hold for this store as they try to make sure their operations are as smooth as possible.  While the store will open in winter, I think beer & wine might be delayed until spring 2012.  That’s my two cents.  I hope that helps. Of course, the author of this story can go double check this with the headquarters too. :)

    Of course, it’s still very exciting to see new store openings with nice big locations, even if beer and wine ends up coming later on (or not at all.) :-)

    • johnhcook

      Thanks for the info Starbucks Melody. It will be interesting to see how this Starbucks looks. Todd Bishop said it looked pretty huge from the outside, and I know many of the local coffee shops are jammed in that area given the growth at Amazon and other nearby tech companies. Let us know if you hear anything more too.