WASHINGTON, DC – DC Mayor Muriel Bowser joined community members and business officials Friday morning in Ward 7 to celebrate the opening of Washington, DC’s first drive-thru Starbucks.

The new Starbucks, in the Skyland Town Center development in southeast DC, will also have a walk-in window, so customers won’t need to enter the store to get their coffee and drinks. specialized. The new store is only the second Starbucks east of the Anacostia River in the District of Columbia.

In his remarks, Bowser noted that the city promised new restaurants and grocery stores would move to the area, where the opening of new grocery stores and restaurants is a rarity compared to other parts of DC and suburban Maryland. A Roaming Rooster restaurant opened on Good Hope Road SE in the Skyland neighborhood last weekend.

Last month there was a celebration for the grand opening of a new Lidl Food Market in Skyland Town Center. The new Lidl should open at the end of 2022.

“And what downtown would be complete without coffee,” Bowser said. “And we know DC loves Starbucks.”

Bowser said the new Starbucks will create 25 new jobs.

“We’re going to be the kind of store that commune and brings people together over coffee and for the greatest human spirit to be nurtured,” said Wayne Martin, senior director of government and community affairs for Starbucks, at the grand opening ceremony. ‘opening.

Joseph Gibbs, store development manager at Starbucks, said safety has become a key consideration for stores, including Starbucks, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Safety, along with convenience, is why the company decided to build both the drive-thru and walk-in window at Skyland Starbucks, he said.

In addition to indoor seating, the store also has a covered outdoor patio for customers.

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