#StarbucksMY200th It's tomorroowwww! Don't forget to join us as we officially open our 200th store, Starbucks Ansa! We have more goodies to give away for the first 200 customers. Each customer will receive a complimentary Starbucks Mengkuang Hot Sleeve 200th store edition upon any transaction or purchase. AND! If you spend RM150 or more in a single receipt, you also receive a complimentary Starbucks 200th store Ceramic Mug! Don't miss out on this opportunity to collect our unique merchandises. See you tomorrow! ;)
- Complimentary (I'm glad they didn't use the word "free" here, cos free it ain't :P) Starbucks 200th store edition mug with a minimum RM150 spend.
- First 200 people in line get a new Starbucks card design, preloaded with 2 Autumn beverage rewards (sadly, no actual cash value, just the drinks :P)
- Receive an exclusive 200th Store edition Starbucks Mengkuang Hot Sleeve with any purchase (which ran out pretty quickly)
- BOGO Summer Beverage, from 20th - 25th September, from 5 - 8 p.m.
The only people that are walking around at that hour are the "foreign talent", who are either getting to or getting off work.
|I was there so early...|
The line was moving pretty slowly because there were only two registers and by the time I got close to the door, there was a power trip and there was no air conditioning inside the store, which got stuffy really quickly. I have no idea how people can stand it in there, but I have to give the partners props for working through the stuffiness. They also gave out free frapp samples to the people in line - at first it was hot coffee, but since it was getting pretty warm out, they switched to frapps.
|Line behind me|
Once you get through the door, there's a lady standing by the merchandise shelves, helping people in line out with the prices and what not - they definitely more stuff that you don't see in other stores, like a more diverse Mengkuang product line (bookmarks, place mats...), tee shirts, planners, tote bags, shot glasses (that I heard are only available there and in Penang), etc.
Not bothering with stuff you can find in other stores, there's a shelf dedicated to 200th store edition only merch, so I got a frosted mug and a tumbler to get the minimum spend for the other mug. However, by the time I got to the register, the partner told me that the credit card machine was down (not sure if it was related to the power trip, or if it was simply overloaded) and that I would have to pay by cash. Short of blowing a full blown fit, I got a little upset (after waiting outside in the heat for almost 2 hours, only to find the lack of indoor AC was maddening - I would be okay if the air con was working, but I tend to get grumpy when overheated) until they told me they would hold my stuff for me while I went to withdraw some cash.
So I had to walk back to Pavilion to get to the outdoor ATM and then walk all the way back to pay, by then which I wasn't in the mood to spend any more on food and drink there. Mind you, the line was still going outside - the free Mengkuang cup sleeve ran out pretty quickly and I was about the 80-something-eth person to get the free Starbucks card at around 9 a.m - and already going around the block. People manning the cashier had to keep telling people to find the ladies in the Starbucks shirts for their free Starbucks card, located near one of the other doors, and away from the chaos that was the counters.
I was getting a little peckish, so I had a second breakfast of tea, roti kahwin and half boiled eggs at the Lot 10 Hutong, which thankfully still had airconditioning so that I could cool down before facing the world again.
What I liked: there were enough partners to serve the crowd in almost every capacity necessary, how cheery they were despite working in a stuffy store half the time I was there.
What I didn't like: The air conditioning and the credit card machine breakdown.
It's just as well that I probably won't be back there so soon..