NEW YORK, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Great White Way gets a new addition to its line-up today with the official opening of a flagship Starbucks Coffee store on 42nd Street. In a premiere that befits Broadway, Starbucks will celebrate its new store with a "first pour" by Chita Rivera today at 11 a.m. Ms. Rivera -- star of the Tony-Award-winning "Nine the Musical" -- along with representatives from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will be present to receive a $5,000 contribution from Starbucks. The store, located at 251 W 42nd Street (at the corner of 8th Avenue), is a part of Tishman Realty's E Walk entertainment/retail/restaurant complex on 42nd Street. "Theatre lovers and arts supporters from all over the world are sure to walk through the doors of this new Starbucks," said Ms. Rivera. "On behalf of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, I'm pleased to serve the first of what's sure to be countless cups of coffee to mark a meaningful partnership between two Broadway heavyweights." In keeping with the glamour and glitz of Times Square, the 1,750-square-foot store is decked out with unique design elements that spotlight the Starbucks Siren (the center of the Starbucks logo), including special signage and artwork, door pulls and exterior finishes. Of particular significance is the seven-foot custom made Siren directly outside the store, situated to "greet" customers and passersby on 42nd Street. "Times Square is the world's center stage, and Starbucks is excited to play a role in adding to the flavor of this district," said Alan Hilowitz, regional spokesperson, Starbucks Coffee. "And of course, Broadway is the heart of Times Square, so we are proud that we can support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS commitment to the theatre community." About Starbucks Coffee Company Starbucks Corporation is the leading retailer, roaster and brand of specialty coffee in the world, with more than 6,500 retail locations in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. The Company is committed to offering the highest quality coffee and the Starbucks Experience while conducting its business in ways that produce social, environmental and economic benefits for communities in which it does business. In addition to its retail operations, the Company produces and sells bottled Frappuccino(R) coffee drinks, Starbucks DoubleShot(TM) coffee drink, and a line of superpremium ice creams through its joint venture partnerships. The Company's other brands enhance the Starbucks Experience through best-of-class products: Tazo Tea Company offers a line of innovative premium teas, and Hear Music produces and distributes a line of exceptional compact discs. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) is the nation's leading industry-based, not-for-profit AIDS fundraising and grant making organization. BC/EFA is the on-going, committed response from the American Theatre community to an urgent worldwide health crisis. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of this community, BC/EFA raises funds for AIDS-related causes across the United States. Since its founding in 1988, BC/EFA has raised over $75 million for critically needed services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses.
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