Starbucks to debut tea-only store
SEATTLE — You can get a cup of tea at any Starbucks, but you can’t get a cup of coffee at Teavana, the chain’s first tea bar.
According to USA Today, the first Teavana Fine Teas + Tea Bar debuts in Manhattan on Thursday.
A Seattle location is expected around Thanksgiving.
CEO Howard Schultz says Starbucks and Teavana will be as different as ‘night and day,’ and that it’ll be much more ‘zen’ than anything you’ll find in a typical store.
The Manhattan location features gray walls, light wood floors and an entire wall dedicated to tea.
With museum-esque lighting and comfy chairs, Teavana encourages guests to stay a while, rather than ordering their tea to go.
It also will push them to spend more money. According to USA Today, the most expensive salad is priced at $14.95 and a specialty, 16-ounce tea will go for $5.95.