ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Remember that jumbo Starbucks plotted for the old Albuquerque Indian School property?
It’s finally getting closer to reality.
Officials with Indian Pueblos Marketing Inc. — the pueblo-owned corporation steering development along 12th Street near Interstate 40 — broke ground on the new location during a ceremony Tuesday.
As you might recall, IPMI announced plans last fall to build a 4,000-square-foot Starbucks across the street from the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. It’s part of larger development plans for the area, a project called Albuquerque Indian School District.
The Starbucks will seat about 125 when including its 1,000-square-foot patio, according to Lindsay Lancaster, IPMI marketing director. It will have two indoor kiva fireplaces — including one in a community room — and another fireplace on the patio. It will also feature commissioned artwork from Native artists, Lancaster told the Journal.