Native-Owned IPMI to Open Largest Starbucks in New Mexico

starbucks1Indian Pueblos Marketing, Inc. (IPMI) will celebrate the grand opening of its 4,972 square foot Starbucks Coffee restaurant, the largest in New Mexico, on Monday, December 21 at 11 am.

Operated by IPMI, which is wholly owned by the 19 Pueblo Indian Tribes of New Mexico, the new location is the only freestanding Starbucks Coffee licensed to a Native American-owned company in the United States.

“This Starbucks is a cornerstone of our new development,” said IPMI President and CEO Michael Canfield. “It is a vital step in building a cultural and business corridor that will bring job growth and economic development to the heart of Albuquerque.”

IPMI’s licensed Starbucks restaurant has already created 22 new jobs. Located on the former Albuquerque Indian School site, the Starbucks boasts 3,826 interior square feet, a spacious 1,147 square foot patio, and expansive views of the Sandia Mountains.

This Starbucks honors its unique connection to Pueblo culture with Southwestern décor and works of original Pueblo art commissioned specifically for the location, including a painting by award-winning Laguna Pueblo artist Marla Allison. The new store carries Starbucks’ Clover® brewing system and Fizzio™ line of handcrafted sodas.

Starbucks will open for business at 6 am on December 21 and be open daily from 6 am-9 pm. The grand opening event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony and traditional Native American dance performances from the Southern Slam Dancers of Zia Pueblo.

The Starbucks is situated directly across from the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center on 12th Street, and is located within the newly formed Albuquerque Indian School District (AISD), established to create economic development opportunities for the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico.

In addition to Starbucks, IPMI plans to develop additional commercial tenants, retail and dining to complement existing office and lodging operations. It will set a new standard for collaboration between local and tribal governments in the interest of economic development.

Media representatives are invited to attend and document the grand opening celebration on Monday, December 21 at 11 am at 2400 12th Street NW, Albuquerque.