Starbucks Expands Store Portfolio in The Bahamas, Unveils Its First Drive-Thru

New location at One East Shopping Plaza is the 14th Starbucks store in the market; underscores Starbucks Bahamas commitment to job creation and growth.

Nassau, Bahamas – Today, Coffee Cay Ltd., the operating licensee of Starbucks in The Bahamas, announced the opening of its first drive-thru Starbucks store in the market, which will be located in the One East Shopping Plaza on Prince Charles Drive. With the introduction of this new store format, Starbucks strives to meet customers’ needs of convenience, connection and personalization while creating new and meaningful experiences for them.

“The opening of our first drive-thru store showcases our continued commitment to evolving the Starbucks brand in the Bahamas while supporting our communities,” said Dino Matsas, Food & Beverage General Manager, Coffee Cay Ltd. “This new format will enable us to create new connections that meet our customers’ needs and satisfy their growing demand for premium coffee on-the-go.”

With this new store, Starbucks Bahamas aims to balance speed and quality while differentiating the customer experience. Located just off the main thoroughfare of Prince Charles Drive, the drive-thru store is specially designed to provide a unique on-the-go experience in a safe and familiar way, while continuing to elevate the Starbucks Experience for customers in The Bahamas. The new location will create 18 new jobs and marks Starbucks 14th store since arriving in the market in 2005, with over 150 partners (employees) proudly wearing the green apron nationwide.

The Starbucks drive-thru, as its name implies, has been designed to serve our customers through the drive thru window, with a majority of sales running through that channel. Additional sales channels are also available for customers and include both our traditional interior café and for those that choose to park, walk-up and order to go, our mobile order and pay pick up window conveniently accessible from the sidewalk. The new drive-thru store features a unique design, with finishes inside that create a warm, serene, and inviting atmosphere, including walnut wood, pale greens, and a textured wallcovering. The wall artwork features tropical birds and plants among coffee plants, giving the space an uplifting, colorful layer.

Starbucks recognizes its responsibility to strengthen the communities where it operates. Earlier this year, The Starbucks Foundation awarded a Global Community Impact Grant to Project I.C.E. Bahamas, supporting communities in Nassau, New Providence to establish a fully functional farming program to produce vegetables and fruits to deprived communities and any part of the population demonstrably in need. As part of the program, Starbucks Bahamas partners volunteered Project I.C.E., helping to plant and clean a community garden.

Starbucks remains committed to continue adapting its customer experience for on-the-go occasions through formats such as drive-thru in the market and across the region.