Posted: Nov 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM [Nov 13, 2012]
The other day, I went to Starbucks Coffee at Meijer's Thrifty acres on Ann Arbor Saline road in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There, I saw a sign on a bulletin board, which said, "March 6th, 1959." I made several inquiries into this date and what I found was that the date was completely made up and fabricated. On Sunday morning, I had even gone down to the Meijer's on Oak Valley, near Ann Arbor Saline road, because the store manager, Karen, was only there on Sundays from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.. When I went down to talk to her about this sign, what she said was, "I am so sorry that you had to come down here, but I really do not know what that date means?" Really I thought, how is it that no one knew or even cared what this date meant? It seemed like the stumper of all stumpers? Really! This was, I felt below the dignity of the Starbucks store brand.
Instead, what I did find was that Starbucks was officially opened on March 6th, 1971 in a historic shopping plaza known as Pikes Peak. Here is a little history about this:
Pike's Place market place opened on August 17th, 1917 on 1st Avenue in downtown Seattle, Washington as a place to sell fruits, dried goods, and coffee to its customers. It was in this remote shopping district that now multi-millionaire Entrepreneur Howard Shultz first set up his first coffee conglomerate.