Trying to imagine what Vancouver would be like without Starbucks is like trying to imagine what Paris would be like without the Eiffel Tower: impossible.

In fact, Starbucks is such an essential part of Vancouver, that Andrew La Fleur argues understanding Starbucks locations can be a surefire way to tell whether a Vancouver neighbourhood will be the “next hot area”.

So, that’s why it’s worth celebrating that Starbucks has been in Vancouver for 25 years. An article in The Vancouver Sun reports that the first Starbucks opened in Vancouver at Waterfront Station in 1987.

It was the first store outside of Seattle. Now, there are 298 locations in Metro Vancouver, 1,146 across Canada and 17,000 worldwide.

On Thursday, Cliff Burrows, president of operations in North, South and Central America, announced a $25,000 donation to the Vancouver Foundation, to support local programming for young people.

Happy anniversary Starbucks. Without you, the Vancouver real estate and development industry would be significantly less caffeinated!



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