What started out as a single coffee store in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry that completely redefined the coffeehouse and re-instated it as an integral part of the American (and international) retail experience. It ranks as #35 on Forbes’ list of the World’s Most Valuable Brands and #62 on Forbes’ list of Top Regarded Companies.
Starbucks has more than 24,000 retail stores in 70 countries, including six in Westchase District:
- 10001 Westheimer (at Briarpark)
- 5820 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. S (at Harwin)
- 10801 Westheimer (inside Target)
- 9660 Westheimer (inside Randalls)
- 9919 Westheimer (inside Kroger)
- 2900 Briarpark (inside Houston Marriott Westchase)
Starbucks took the coffee experience from just “one cup of day at home” into the social and networking world (before either was cool.) Founder Howard Schultz referred to it as that “third place” between work and home.
Don’t like coffee? Don’t worry. You can still meet your friends and co-workers at the local Starbucks for iced coffee, tea, cold-pressed juices, Frappuccino, pastries, yogurt and protein bowls. But don’t be surprised if you see your boss there. He may be looking for you.