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Hartsfield-Jackson to open temporary Starbucks in domestic terminal as stop-gap measure


Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport plans to open a temporary Starbucks next to La Madeleine in the domestic terminal atrium, as a stop-gap measure after the closure of the terminal's Starbucks two months ago.

The interim Starbucks will be open before Thanksgiving, according to Hartsfield-Jackson spokesman Reese McCranie.

The previous Starbucks in the domestic terminal closed in early September to make way for an expanded queuing area at the main security checkpoint. The airport is redesigning the main checkpoint area as part of its $6 billion airport modernization and expansion.

There are other Starbucks locations past security in the concourses, as well as a Starbucks in the international terminal. But the Starbucks that had been next to the main security checkpoint was the only one in the domestic terminal in the pre-security area.

The new temporary Starbucks is under construction in part of the La Madeleine space. Both La Madeleine and Starbucks at Hartsfield-Jackson are operated by concessionaire HMSHost.

"We're still outlining the details of where we will have the permanent Starbucks," McCranie said. "But in the meantime, while those details are being ironed out, the temporary Starbucks will be there."


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