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Cargotecture: 5 shipping container hot spots

July 30, 2013, 9:59 a.m.
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Starbucks, Tukwila, Wash.

This Starbucks drive-through/walk-up location in the Seattle suburb Tukwila is made of four recycled shipping containers. The cafe measures just 448 square feet, about as much space as a typical Starbucks, with room for three baristas to serve up lattes behind the counter.

The coffee conglomerate hopes to use containers for short or long-term cafes on future properties and possibly use them as temporary solutions when stores close for remodeling. Starbucks' coffee and tea is shipped from other countries in these very containers.