Pokemon Go devotees have taken their love of the game to the far corners of the world, but Starbucks is enticing them to stay local by making 7,800 US stores PokeStops or Gyms starting at 11 a.m. PT Thursday.
And what self-respecting Starbucks/PokeStop would be complete without a custom Frappuccino to celebrate the occasion? Yep, lovers of Starbucks' milkshake-y beverages can buy a limited-time-only Pokemon Go Frappuccino. That's a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with raspberry syrup and freeze-dried blackberries, topped off with whipped cream.
Partnerships between Pokemon Go maker Niantic and retail chains aren't new, but this may be the first such promotion in the United States. The Starbucks announcement follows news earlier this week that Sprint stores will become PokeStops and Gyms, starting Monday.