Starbucks’ new, much-heralded policy of allowing people to chill in their stores whether they’re customers or not isn’t the only big news out of the US-based coffee giant this week.
They’ve also opened what’s being called their “second-largest” store in the world yesterday, and it’s right here in Bangkok.
The brand new store — dubbed the second-largest by the mall’s PR team — is located on the first floor of CentralWorld and features a co-working space and two meeting rooms. It looks nearly as neat as the world’s largest Starbucks, in Shanghai, which stretches over some 2,694 square meters.
The new venue is also the first Starbucks in Thailand to feature Starbucks Draft, in which a number of coffees and tea are served on tap. Items on that menu include Nitro Flat White, Nitro Cold Brew, Nitro Peach Tea, and Nitro Latte.
We can’t say with any certainty if the “Nitro” line is named after our favorite American Gladiator of yore, but we can dream.
The interior features warm, wooden walls and coffee shelves with decorative murals from Thai artists. (Of course, there’s a large elephant artwork on the wall).
At this point, we’d like to note that while CentralWorld has publicly announced that it houses the world’s second-largest Starbucks, Starbucks Thailand has so far refused to confirm the title, saying they have to wait for their global headquarters to issue a press release… in June.
Second-biggest or not, there’s definitely a very large Starbucks at CentralWorld, and you can sit in it for free, all thanks to the backlash after police were called on two black Philadelphia men who didn’t order while waiting for a friend to arrive.