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CityCenter gets three new Starbucks

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Ron Sylvester

Construction is nearing completion on the newest Starbucks on the Las Vegas Strip. It’s set to open in early March in CityCenter, near Mandarin Oriental.

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A new Starbucks is under construction at Crystals in CityCenter at the site of the former Pods by Wolfgang Puck coffee shop. It's expected to open this summer.

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A new concept design is reportedly in the works for a large new Starbucks at Aria, on the second floor near the pool and buffet, shown here Feb. 20, 2013.

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.

Perhaps the most anticipated is a new Starbucks design that the company calls its concept stores. It's being built on the second floor of the Aria, near the pool and buffet.

"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.

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  1. Are the Starbucks strategically placed so people can get enough caffeine to keep them going from the Strip all the way to the casino a few miles in the back?

    Oh that's right...they didn't want Strip patronage. The casino was intended for 'residents' of CityCenter. How's that working out?