Chris Tarrant is senior vice president, Retail Store Development and Design for Starbucks. He is responsible for leading all facets of store development in the United States and Canada, focusing his teams on growth, convenience and the in-store customer experience. Chris also serves on the leadership team that oversees the operation of company-owned stores in the United States.
Chris has extensive real estate and development experience in both the United States and Canada. He joined the company in 2016 as vice president, Store Development in Canada, and was part of the Canadian leadership team.
Prior to joining Starbucks, Chris was executive vice-president, Business Development for Oberfeld Snowcap Inc., one of the largest privately held boutique retail real estate brokerages in Canada. He was responsible for all new business development and led the team responsible for servicing all of Snowcap’s food and beverage clients and represented tenants in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. Prior to Oberfeld, Chris held positions with a number of major brands including McDonald’s, Panera Bread, and tech retailer The Source.
Chris is a graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto, with an honors Bachelor’s of Arts in applied geography and economics. He grew up in Canada and still maintains a residence there along with his Seattle home. He and his wife Eileen are empty nesters with their two children living in Toronto. Their pup Lucy rounds out the family. Any outdoor activity fills Chris’s cup followed closely by a love of cooking and entertaining family and friends. Chris’s favorite beverage is any one of Starbucks bold coffees in a coffee press or as a pour-over.