American coffeehouse chain Starbucks has opened its doors at Camana Bay, offering a new option for coffee lovers to enjoy their daily cup of Joe.
Located in the former location of Café Del Sol, along The Paseo next to independent bookstore, Books & Books, the coffeehouse is the newest addition to Camana Bay’s more than 15 food and beverage venues at Camana Bay, a 685-acre master-planned New Urbanist town on Grand Cayman.
Starbucks joins an ever-growing list of global food and beverage franchises opening in the Cayman Islands. While its opening has been welcomed by many across social media, others have expressed concern.
A global coffee empire
Founded in Seattle in 1971, Starbucks now operates more than 30,000 locations worldwide, defining coffee culture across the globe. Overseas stores now make up almost one-third of the coffee giant’s portfolio.
The Cayman Island’s store is a partnership between Starbucks and Caribbean Coffee Traders Limited, a consortium led by Margaritaville Caribbean Group. The opening of Starbucks along world-famous Seven Mile Beach marks another milestone for the global coffee company’s expanding Caribbean operations.
“Our first store in the beautiful island of Grand Cayman marks a key milestone for our expansion in the Caribbean region,” said Tim Grever, operations director for Starbucks Caribbean markets. “We are humbled by the warm welcome we have received from all of you and look forward to welcoming customers to this spectacular store and sharing some of the finest coffees from around the world, served by our passionate and knowledgeable baristas.”
Ian Dear, chief executive officer and chairman of Margaritaville Caribbean Group added: “We are grateful for the support we have received from the community. The beautiful Camana Bay location is a place where families, friends and individuals can connect. It’s these daily connections and interactions that build communities, and we are honored to be part of yours.”
Camana Bay, a growing community
Starbucks joins Camana Bay during a period of growth and development, which includes the ongoing expansion of Cayman International School, the construction of a 60,000-square-foot supermarket and Camana Bay’s first for-sale residential offering, OLEA.
“Over the past 11 years, Camana Bay has become a thriving town where people want to be – to enhance their careers, to raise their families, and to enjoy the best of living in the Cayman Islands,” said Dart Real Estate’s president of business development, Jackie Doak. “Our team is committed to ensure the best experience possible is always offered to the over 2,000 people who live and work at Camana Bay. We are pleased to welcome Starbucks to Camana Bay as a new member for all who live, work, and visit our community.”