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Starbucks at Ashland and High getting makeover

Stuart Brenner ordered  Wednesday from a bike-friendly Starbucks coffee truck in a parking lot at High Street and Ashland Avenue. The truck is near a Starbucks store that is being  renovated.
Stuart Brenner ordered Wednesday from a bike-friendly Starbucks coffee truck in a parking lot at High Street and Ashland Avenue. The truck is near a Starbucks store that is being renovated. Lexington Herald-Leader

As evidenced by the Dumpsters, the blocked parking lot and the caution tape the past week, the Starbucks Coffee Co. store at Ashland Avenue and High Street in Lexington is getting a new look.

"We are making major renovations, said Klint Arnold, a Starbucks district manager. "We will reopen with the Clover Brewing System, which is exclusive because not every Starbucks has one."

The Clover is a machine that uses "vacuum-press" technology to produce a customized cup of coffee right in front of you, one cup at a time.

With the new brewing machine, the Starbucks store also will serve limited-edition, premium coffee blends called Starbucks Reserve.

But don't worry during the renovation, coffee lovers. There is a Starbucks trailer outside the building, serving coffee 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

"We call this a temp café," Arnold said. "We wanted to make sure our customers still received their coffee."

The construction is expected to take three to four weeks.

The Starbucks at 808 East High Street opened in December 2002; it was the third Lexington store of the Seattle-based coffee colossus, after stores on the University of Kentucky campus and at Triangle Center downtown. Now, the city is home to at least 16 stores, according to Starbucks.com. There are about 18,000 worldwide in 60 countries, the company said.

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