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Vancouver B.C. Opens its First LEED® Registered Store

On March 10, 2011, we opened Vancouver’s first LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) registered store. Located at the corner of West Hastings and Howe streets, this beautiful store exemplifies our approach to store design and commitment for all new stores globally to be LEED® certified.

Our Canadian store development and design teams have been busy renovating stores to link them more closely to the communities they serve. As stores are built and renovated, the teams look to source materials and employ craftspeople on a local basis, incorporating reused and recycled elements where possible.

The West Hastings and Howe Store reflects this vision. The wood tabletop for the window seating was made by a local vendor from a reclaimed glue-laminate beam that came out of an old school in Port Alberni. And the wood paneling on the walls was provided by a local vendor using reclaimed B.C. hemlock and fir re-sawn from salvaged beams.

If you've had the opportunity to visit the new LEED® store on West Hastings and Howe, let us know what you think of it.

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    • wvumalakai
    • 6/8/2011 8:42 PM

    Does Starbucks also have an initiative to reuse recyclable materials? What about the construction of new Starbucks, does the company make more attempt to renovate old buildings or do they construct new ones? What points are taken into consideration when choosing how to "link" the store to the community? How does a store become LEED certified?

    • pondshopping
    • 6/16/2011 5:39 PM

    I really enjoyed going into the new Starbucks in Renton, Wa. near my mothers home. After my walk in the morning I have been going there to get my slim coffee and have watched the progress over the last couple of weeks. It's very refreshing and beautiful. It would be really nice to have a couple of "Sky lights" to brighten it up a bit tho. At least the music has been turned down which is really nice now. I look forwards to our own LEED Starbucks in our areas in the future.

    • deb1988
    • 6/21/2011 12:44 PM

    The use of recycled and repurposed materials is so innovative in the new and remodeled stores that I've had the opportunity to visit. The stores are regaining a sense of individuality and retaining the common comfortable theme that I look for when finding a place to relax.

    Stores like the one on the top of Queen Anne hill in Seattle, with it's rustic and appearance can still speed out a morning cup, even though they look more like a hang out spot than ever before. Great design and execution

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