- Starbucks is giving away free Peppermint Mocha air fresheners exclusively to drive-thru customers.
- Baristas are handing out the free air fresheners starting on Thursday, December 10.
- The surprise deal comes after Starbucks heavily hyped its drive-thru business at its investor day on Wednesday.
- Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Starbucks is giving away free air fresheners in a surprise deal just for drive-thru customers.
On Thursday, December 10, Starbucks baristas will begin surprising drive-thru customers who order a holiday drink with an air freshener inspired by the chain's Peppermint Mocha.
According to Starbucks, the air freshener will be available as supplies last — and only at stores with a drive-thru. Air fresheners will come with a QR code to a custom Starbucks holiday playlist.
Read more: The pandemic is permanently changing fast food as Wendy's, Burger King, and Chipotle double down on high-tech drive-thrus
"This holiday season, many customers are ordering and enjoying their holiday favorites in the drive-thru and we wanted to create a moment of merry just for them, inspired by the scents and sounds of the season at Starbucks," Starbucks said in a statement to Business Insider.
The free air freshener deal caught some Starbucks customers' attention on social media earlier this week. "They smell so f—ing good," one person said in a TikTok video.
Free air fresheners @ Starbucks rn e👀 ##starbucks ##EasyDIY
#greenscreen Starbucks always hooking it up!!!
Starbucks is making major investments in its drive-thru business
The surprise deal comes a day after Starbucks highlighted its plans to invest even more in its drive-thru business at its investor day on Wednesday.
Starbucks said it plans to reach roughly 55,000 locations around the world by 2030, opening 22,000 new stores. Executives said that drive-thru stores will make up roughly 40% of its US locations over the next three years, with 80% of new stores featuring a drive-thru.
Analysts celebrated the news, noting that drive-thru stores are more profitable than the average locations without them.
"The drive-thru model is already one of the most productive units in the company's range of options," Stifel analyst Chris O'Cull wrote in a note on Thursday.
O'Cull continued that Starbucks' plans to add new drive-thru initiatives — such as double drive-thru lanes, updated equipment, and revamped preparation processes — will make Starbucks' drive-thrus even fast. That would cut down on customers who drive away after seeing a long drive-thru line at Starbucks' stores.
Drive-thru sales have been crucial at Starbucks and other chains during the pandemic. Burger King, Chipotle, and Wendy's are among the chains to announce major investments in their drive-thru business in recent months, as companies add more lanes and install new technology.
Source: Read Full Article