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Starbucks opens another Mini Café in Taiwan using Shipping Containers

In a recently announced project, “Starbucks Greener Stores”, they have decided to recycle various reclaimed materials and use them in the construction of new branches.

By 2025, Starbucks is planning to operate at least 10,000 “Greener Stores” worldwide. The framework for their announcement last month will be reviewed extensively and will develop an effective program to monitor all existing company-operated stores in the U.S. and Canada. This would, in turn, give the company a profit of $50,000,000 in savings in utilities over the next 10 years.

One such new location making use of the SGS framework is next to the Hualien Bay Mall, designed by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who is also responsible for the construction of Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Stadium, where construction had begun back in 2016. It is the first time Mr. Kuma used shipping containers in his plans, which was inspired by the Chinese bucket arch and the foliage of coffee trees.

This Starbucks has a unique interior, a colorful mural paying tribute to the cultural history of Hualien. It is built inside 29 used shipping containers stacked unto each other to form the structure of the store, 320 square meters and two stories tall.

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It also serves as a drive-thru location for the ones in a hurry, or just want to enjoy their coffee on-the-go.

Since Starbucks is committed to building sustainable stores, and in combination with their SGS initiative, they were able to open at least 45 different stores using shipping containers.

Tagged as “Mini Cafes”, they are minimalistic, mobile and easily transported to a different location if the need arises, and also do not use a lot of space, which are convenient for the customers in need of a quick caffeine shot.