The drive-through coffee shop concept originated at a coffee shop in Manhattan in 2013, where employees used to sit down at their desks and pick up a cup of joe, then go to their cars to order.
The concept has since been expanded to include several other locations, including Starbucks and Chipotle.
But Starbucks is the only one that is known to operate drive-by coffee shops in the U.S. as part of its drive-tour program.
“It’s kind of a big deal that Starbucks is a coffee bar, but it’s also a great way for people to go to Starbucks, get a cup and take it home,” said David Smith, a Starbucks vice president of strategy and public policy.
Starbucks has said that it will eventually add drive-Thru coffee locations in the United States, and has also said that drive-in coffee shops will eventually be included in the Starbucks Rewards program.
Starbucks customers who need to make a trip to the drive-out Starbucks are already getting a drive-time discount for ordering at the drive through.
Drive-through Starbucks customers will also get a complimentary Starbucks card to use at Starbucks and at any Starbucks-operated location in the future, including drive-up locations, Starbucks told ABC News.
In addition to coffee, drive-Through Starbucks customers also get free parking and access to the store’s restaurants, which are typically located in the drive thru.
The drive thru has already opened up in California, but is expected to expand to other states as Starbucks works on expansion plans, according to the company.