Starbucks, the Seattle-based specialty coffee chain, is making a second big push into the Baltimore metropolitan area, company officials said yesterday.
The chain, known for its coffee drinks and trendy atmosphere, plans to have seven more stores here by next summer, with the first opening Oct. 21 at Harborplace in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, said Shannon Jones, regional marketing manager for Maryland, Washington, Virginia and North Carolina.
Starbucks has nine stores in the area, including two that opened this year in Towson and White Marsh.
It also has kiosks or counters elsewhere, including in Barnes & Noble bookstores and in some Safeway supermarkets.
The seven new stores will include two along Baltimore's downtown waterfront, in addition to the one in the Light Street pavilion at Harborplace. Four more will open elsewhere in the metro area, Jones said.
Starbucks, which entered the market in 1993, now has stores on Reisterstown Road, York Road in Towson, Owings Mills, Timonium, White Marsh and Towson Town Center in Baltimore County; in Mount Washington in Baltimore; and in Bel Air and Glen Burnie.
"We've been looking at the market," said Jones. "There is a lot of opportunity in Baltimore."
Before opening in May in Towson and White Marsh, "We hadn't opened any stores in three or four years," Jones said.
"We've been looking for sites, and everything started to materialize."