Obviously, the idea of a massive Starbucks doesn't sound farfetched, given the rise of popular food halls in NYC, but everyone might want to pause and take a deep breath for a second. When contacted by Thrillist, a Starbucks spokesperson was quick to ice down the reported plans, saying "assertions that we are bringing a Roastery to New York are rumors and speculation." The spokesperson went on to say that Starbucks has previously revealed plans to open hundreds of its new Starbucks Reserve stores in key global markets, one of which recently opened in NYC's Chelsea neighborhood. In other words, Starbucks is, unsurprisingly, tightlipped.
At this point, it's unclear if the Post report is pointing to the same plans previously reported by The Real Deal, a New York real estate publication. In January, the magazine reported Starbucks was in talks to lease the entire 25,000sqft retail component of a new, 10-story luxury building at 860 Washington Street in the Meatpacking District. Again, this is all unconfirmed by Starbucks so far, but that doesn't make the prospect of a giant Starbucks superstore any less exciting.