Starbucks opens its first Evolution Fresh juice bar

Seattle -- Starbucks Corp. opened its first-ever juice bar under its newest brand, Evolution Fresh. The shop, which also features wraps, soups, salads and vegetarian items, is located in Bellevue, Wash.

Starbucks purchased the Evolution Fresh juice brand in November 2011 for $30 million. The coffee giant plans to roll out Evolution Fresh juices to its coffee shops later this year.

The new store features a patent-pending interactive juice wall that displays educational and entertaining digital illustrations of juices and smoothies being handcrafted.

In addition, Evolution Fresh is designed and constructed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The store uses locally sourced materials and reused and recycled components, as well as elements that lend to water and energy conservation and waste reduction.

Starbucks also announced Monday that its Seattle’s Best Coffee division opened a new coffee drive-thru format in Northlake, Ill. The company said the store is geared toward meeting the needs of commuters.

The drive-thru offers coffee, fresh-baked food items like muffins, car-friendly breakfast sandwiches and snacks.

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