Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 | 6 p.m.
The first of three new Starbucks set for CityCenter is expected to open within the next two weeks.
The location on the Strip near Mandarin Oriental, next to the Pinkberry frozen yogurt shop, had a sign on the door this morning saying it will open March 8. The menu, which is already up, features Starbucks Reserve and other specialty brand coffees, including the Organic Ethiopian Sidamo, the Komodo Dragon Blend and the Reserve Galapagos.
Construction, meanwhile, is continuing on the two other locations.
One at the former Pods by Wolfgang Puck coffee spot inside Crystals has a planned summer opening, officials at the upscale shopping center said. So far, the construction has retained large basket-inspired structures that make it a unique people-watching spot.
"We call them our 'design sandboxes,' " the company explains on its website. "That sense of exploration is extended to everyone who visits, through daily coffee and tea cuppings, artistic events and community gatherings."
The concept stores feature environmentally sustainable designs, using reclaimed materials, and offering slow-brewed and rare coffees. Previous concept stores range from a drive-through made from old shipping containers in Seattle, to a 4,500-foot space featuring works of 35 commissioned artists in Amsterdam. A Starbucks spokesperson said today no opening date has been set for that store.