Westfield Mall in Manhattan, New York, opened in 1955 and has been a fixture of New York’s downtown ever since.
Now, the mall is changing again, as the mall’s owner plans to open a new Starbucks and other eateries.
In an exclusive interview with CNNMoney, Starbucks executive chairman and CEO Howard Schultz told CNNMoney about the company’s plans to reopen Starbucks locations at Westfield and in other malls across the country.
“This will be the largest Starbucks ever in the world,” he said.
Schultz said that the company will open at least 20 new Starbucks stores in the United States.
The coffee chain, which started in Europe in 1972, will open an international outlet at Westfields mall in mid-December.
Schultz said the company plans to serve up to 200 Starbucks beverages in the Westfields and other locations, including the popular coffee bar and espresso bar, as well as other specialty coffee drinks, such as lattes, milkshakes and iced coffees.
“Our focus is to be a great place to live, shop and eat,” he told CNN.
Schwartz added that Starbucks plans to have a “very, very large” footprint in the New York metropolitan area, and that the mall will have a focus on local and regional restaurants, bars and other businesses.
He added that he hopes that the stores will also help the mall “create jobs and economic opportunities for local families.”
The Starbucks announcement comes a month after the mall was the first in the U.S. to serve breakfast at noon.
The new Starbucks restaurants will open in mid January.
Starbucks’ new locations will be in four major cities in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami.
Schwarzenegger said that Starbucks is “ready to take advantage of all the opportunities” in the city, and expects the Starbucks to open as soon as it is ready.
The company said it plans to spend $1 billion on its expansion plans, which include opening a new store in every city in the country and expanding its distribution and marketing reach.
Schweitzer said that he is pleased that Starbucks has chosen Westfield, which is located on the eastern side of Manhattan, for its new coffee outlets.
“It’s a great location, it’s a good location for Starbucks, and it’s got good people,” he added.
Schmidt said that while Starbucks is not yet open to serve customers outside of New Jersey, the company is open to serving customers in other states, as long as they do not have a direct relationship with Starbucks.
Schiffers comments come as the U-turn is just the latest in a long string of changes at the Westfairs.
In 2014, the retailer announced it was going to close its U.K. stores and move its stores to its U., Ireland and Europe headquarters.
In April, Westfield opened a new outlet in Atlanta, Georgia, after being sold to a private equity firm.
In June, Westfowers mall was sold to the American-based Marriott Group for $12.8 billion.