The third store within Cartagena’s Old City stands out for its architectural features and local artwork.
Cartagena, Colombia – As part of its expansion plan, Alsea – Starbucks licensed business operator in Colombia – today announced that it has reached 59 Starbucks stores in the market with the opening of its Starbucks Casa Badillo store. Located on First Street of Badillo K7, this store marks the fifth café in Cartagena and the third store in the Old City.
“We are proud to continue growing Starbucks presence in the market, bringing the Starbucks Experience to even more customers in Cartagena,” said Juan Pablo Castaño, Market Manager of Alsea Colombia. “Since our arrival in the department of Bolívar, we remain committed to being a meaningful addition to the local community, creating job opportunities and economic advancement. This opening represents an important milestone for us, and we see a vibrant future for Starbucks in the beautiful city of Cartagena.”
About Starbucks Casa Badillo
The new 292 sqm café Starbucks store in Cartagena has a seating capacity of more than 80 people. Located near universities and libraries, the store was inspired by the local colonial architecture and the eclectic vibe of this part of the historical quarter. It was designed to preserve and incorporate the existing architectural elements of the building such as raw wood ceilings and concrete columns. To modernize the existing look and feel of the structure, store designers added contemporary furniture, intentional lighting, and white oak cladding. The use of warmer textures and tones, like the natural “al temple” paint on walls and ceilings add depth to the design. Details like the custom front-bar inspired by Spanish colonial furniture, elevate the design and showcase the craftsmanship of local wood artisans.
Finally, original hand painted murals by Colombian artist Alejandro Paucar create a special moment in the store by telling the coffee story, evoking the care and passion of local coffee growers.
Starbucks in Colombia and Bolívar Department
Since Starbucks arrived in Colombia in 2014, the brand has reinforced its commitment to the market and community. Today, Starbucks Colombia employs more than 600 partners (employees), more than 40 of whom are local talent from Cartagena and serve our stores on Avenida San Martín, the Mall Plaza shopping center and in the old city in Plaza Bolívar, the center commercial Serrezuela and in the new store Casa Badillo.
“We are happy to introduce a new location to meet our customers’ needs of convenience, connection and personalization,” added Cielo Morera, director of Starbucks Colombia. “The Casa Badillo store creates a warm and welcoming place for customers to enjoy their favorite handcrafted beverage and connect with others over a cup of coffee.”
Starbucks welcomes its customers at the new location Monday to Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.