- The all-new Starbucks store, which is in the El Corte Inglés department store in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, occupies an indoor surface area of 90 m2 with a 30 m2 terrace.
- With this opening, the location has created 13 jobs.
- The design of the first Starbucks in the capital of Gran Canaria is inspired by the origins of coffee to create a cozy place that seeks to connect with the island identity.
Starbucks, the leading coffee roaster and distributor in the world, opened its first store today in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Following the opening of three stores on Tenerife (one at the El Corte Inglés in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and two in the south of the island), the brand has now arrived at the El Corte Inglés Gran Canaria, at Avda. José Mesa y López, 13. The inauguration was attended by Augusto Hidalgo, Mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; Ángeles Palmero, the Government of the Canary Islands Director General of Commerce and Consumer Affairs; Adrián Mendoza, the Government of the Canary Islands Regional Vice-Minister of Industry, Energy and Commerce; the CEO of Starbucks Spain and Portugal, Álvaro Salafranca; Felipe de Luz, Director of Operations at Amura Food, the Grupo Vips partner on the islands; as well as the Regional Director of El Corte Inglés, Gustavo Rodríguez; External Relations Manager, Manuel Marrero, and the Director of El Corte Inglés Mesa y López, Ignasi Busquets, among other authorities and guests.
This opening is the result of a collaboration agreement signed between Grupo Vips and Amura Food S.L., the leading Canary Island restaurant company, which already manages several Grupo Vips flagships on the Iberian Peninsula. Based on this agreement, Amura Food has become the exclusive partner to develop the Starbucks brand on the islands with Grupo Vips holding the exclusive license for Spain and Portugal.
The opening of this store is part of the expansion plan aimed at the brand strengthening its presence on the Canary Islands. To this end, the Canary Island archipelago is a key region both because of its potential as a local market as well as its status as a tourist enclave for thousands of people each year.
Connecting with the island identity through coffee
The all-new Starbucks store at the El Corte Inglés Gran Canaria department store, occupies a store area of 90 m2 (36 seats) and a 30 m2 terrace (30 seats). The inside of the store reflects an innovative design which harmoniously combines materials made of wood and metal to create a bright, cozy effect all while connecting the brand’s values to the idiosyncrasies of the island.
The store also features a large artistic mural paying homage to the artisan work done by farmers, the meticulous task of growing coffee and its journey from the various coffee growing regions to the cup.
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