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It’s a shipping container. It’s a drive-through. It’s a Starbucks. The coffee giant is about to unveil an eco-friendly store in suburban Seattle, built using four stacked cargo-style containers featuring a drive-through window on one side. On the side of one container are words that are very familiar to Starbucks enthusiasts: “Regenerate, Reuse, Recycle, Renew, Reclaim.” Starbucks company spokesman Alan Hilowitz recently told The New York Times that the Starbucks Seattle container store is a “prototype” -- suggesting it may lead to more container stores. Unlike the cafes latte lovers are accustomed to, the shipping container iteration will be drive-up and walk-up only, with no space to lounge inside. Still it will have one thing other Starbucks don’t -- the option of portability. “We see a lot of opportunities here,” Hilowitz told the Times. “We can put a store like this on a lot that will be developed someday but is free for two or three years, and then we can move it.”

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