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Starbucks coffee shop to open in Martinsburg

January 01, 2006|By CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -

A Starbucks coffee shop is coming to the area, but it's opening in what some might consider an unusual place - the Veterans Affairs Medical Center outside of Martinsburg, W.Va.

The coffee shop will open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

The menu will include full-service espresso beverages including coffees, lattes, espressos, cappuccinos, teas, hot chocolate and smoothies, as well as sandwiches, salads and desserts, according to a press release issued Friday by the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The shop will be open on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the release said.

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No additional information about the shop could be obtained Friday.

There now are no Starbucks locations in Washington County, West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle or in Franklin County, Pa.

Regional locations include four shops in the Frederick, Md., area, and five in Leesburg, Va.

The Starbucks coffee shop will be the third to open recently in Martinsburg.

The Meteor Cafe, a locally owned coffee shop, opened earlier this month on Stephen Street near the former Blue Ridge Outlet Center, while a chain Daily Grind shop opened a few months earlier on Queen Street.

Starbucks - named after the first mate in Herman Melville's classic novel "Moby Dick" - first opened in Seattle's Pike Place Market in 1971, the company's Web site indicates.

The first caffe latte was served in 1984.

More than 10,000 Starbucks shops are open around the world, including more than 7,500 in the United States. An estimated 33 million people visit a Starbucks every week, the company's Web site indicates.

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