A refreshing pause: The stand-alone Starbucks from Menards

Posted by Bob Keller
on Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Starbucks by Menards brings a scene to your layout that is easily recognizable to any visitor.

Menards is improving the quality of life in your Traintown with the release of the no. 279-4325 Starbucks coffee shop. Few brick and mortar businesses have changed people's beverage habits than has Starbucks. If you wanted a frilly double mocha caffeine bomb or just a cup of plain old Joe, you can get it in place with a convivial atmosphere. If you model post-1990s railroading, this is a natural fit for your layout.  

The O gauge building has a see-through roof, six tables, 12 chairs, sales counter, customers, and two barista figures. The building has interior and exterior illumination and three backlit Starbucks signs.

The exterior patio has planters for a flourish of color, and the patio even has simulated cracking.

The building design is something that Menards could easily re-purpose for a variety of businesses ranging from an office service business like FedEx-Kinkos or a UPS store, to a hamburger shop (I'd prefer the defunct Burger Chef chain ...) or even as a modern Amtrak station. 

You can also find a Starbucks in the base of the Menards 279-3972 World Headquarters building.

The structure costs $79.99 plus shipping, or order online at www.menards.com/trains and opt for free shipping to your local Menards store.

The interior is easily visible from trackside through the skylight. At track level you can see through the windows into the well-illuminated interior.

The green canopies offer a splash of color for your down town section

Customers, planters, and even simulated concrete cracks add texture to the scene.

City life sees Jack on a leash! Oh, my!

Layout visitors will probably smile as they look in to see what's happening at Starbucks!

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