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july 09, 2018 - Starbucks

Looking back at nearly 20 years of Starbucks in China

Press release available only in original language. 

When #starbucks opened its first store in #china in 1999, many wondered if its tea-drinking culture would embrace coffee. Nearly 20 years later, #starbucks stores welcome more than 6.4 million customers a week in more than 140 cities. The country is now the t, with a new store opening every 15 hours, and the ambition to open 6,000 stores across 230 cities by the end of fiscal year 2022.

Now Howard Schultz, on June 26, is returning to #china to express his gratitude to #starbucks partners and .

In a letter to #starbucks #china partners, Schultz said, “Throughout the region, love for the #starbucks brand is growing because of the experience and trust each of you provide our customers. Your passion is the foundation of our celebrated history in #china and is what gives me confidence in our future.”

Here’s a look back over almost two decades of #starbucks in #china.

January 1999

Starbucks partners gather for the opening of the first store in #china at the World Trade Center in Beijing.

May 2000

First store opens in Shanghai on May 4, 2000, on the prestigious Huai Hai road in Luwan district. The city would go on to be the one with the most number of #starbucks stores globally (including the BinJiang location above) with more than 640 stores.

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