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|Zach|
10-05-2006, 05:35 PM
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/287643_sbuxgrow05ww.html?source=rss

It might seem there's already a Starbucks at every corner, but the international coffee conglomerate is far from satisfied.

Chief Executive Jim Donald said Thursday morning that Starbucks Corp. has increased its goal by 10,000 to open 40,000 stores worldwide, which would more than triple the current number of stores.

Donald made his announcement before analysts during a conference at Pier 66 in Seattle. The company currently has 12,440 stores globally. In 1982, when Chairman Howard Schultz joined the company, Starbucks had four stores.

The company also announced it had reached an agreement with Apple Computer Inc. to have Starbucks' Hear Music catalog displayed on the iTunes store, giving consumers the ability to preview, buy and download a variety of Hear Music titles.

Schultz said the partnership gives Starbucks an opportunity to be aligned with a market leader for music downloads.

"It's really a parallel strategy for Starbucks," Schultz said. "There are multiple ways of how we want to be close to the customer. You are the company you keep. ... We have aligned ourselves with not only the leader, but one that is defining the evolution of technology."

Meanwhile, Donald said even he is amazed at the company's continued growth, but he estimated Starbucks would eventually be in 41 countries and have more than 195,000 employees. The company currently has 135,000 workers in 37 countries, including the U.S. "Our global retail growth is even bigger than we previously thought," Donald said.

Donald did not set a date for when Starbucks would achieve its goal, but Schultz said Starbucks still has plenty of room to grow.

"We have less than 8 percent of the entire coffee category in North America," Schultz said.

The company also provided research on new customers that shows Starbucks is broadening its socioeconomic base, although the company still appeals to those with higher incomes who are well-educated.

The company said the average income of its new customers who made their first visit in the past year is $80,000, compared to $92,000 from five years ago. About 30 percent of new customers are college graduates, compared to 45 percent from five years ago. And, the average age of a new Starbucks customer is 42, compared to 40 from five years ago.
Craig Harris can be reached at 206-448-8138 or craigharris@seattlepi.com.

crispystl420
10-05-2006, 05:39 PM
It's like crack.

BIG_DADDY
10-05-2006, 05:39 PM
We have something out here called Pete's. Smokes Starbucks on every level.

Short Leash Hootie
10-05-2006, 05:39 PM
does this mean I should buy starbucks stock?

ArrowheadHawk
10-05-2006, 05:40 PM
cofee sucks i have never paid for a cup....although starbucks has some very good apple cider that they put a little caramel syrup in.....the hot chocolate aint too bad either

JBucc
10-05-2006, 05:41 PM
Never been to a Starbucks. That's a lot of ****ing stores.

Bill Parcells
10-05-2006, 05:41 PM
I used to be a Dunkin Donut coffee guy..

But I have since become addicted to starbucks coffee..

Can not do without it now..

HemiEd
10-05-2006, 05:44 PM
I can not blame them if they think they can keep finding suckers to pay $4-$5 for a cup of coffee. LMAO

Short Leash Hootie
10-05-2006, 05:46 PM
I can not blame them if they think they can keep finding suckers to pay $4-$5 for a cup of coffee. LMAO
Speaking of that...

You know what pisses me off? I can go to steak and shake and get a double steak burger for 3.50. That's not a great deal, but I prefer the Frisco Melt. Of course, the Frisco Melt is 4.50, and you're getting the same friggin' thing!! Sure, you get a few extra slices of cheese but is that really worth a whole dollar more?! It's stupid. STUPID. GOD.

Bill Parcells
10-05-2006, 05:47 PM
I can not blame them if they think they can keep finding suckers to pay $4-$5 for a cup of coffee. LMAO
It costs me $1.82 for a grande coffee(That's large in spanish)

I dont go for all the super venti caramel coated mocha with sugar and cinammon on top with frosted capaccino..

Jesus..you should hear some of these people when they order that shit..

HemiEd
10-05-2006, 05:52 PM
It costs me $1.82 for a grande coffee(That's large in spanish)

I dont go for all the super venti caramel coated mocha with sugar and cinammon on top with frosted capaccino..

Jesus..you should hear some of these people when they order that shit..

I must admit, I have stood behind a bunch of those Soccer Moms ordering that shit when I am stuck in an airport. Then when it is my turn, I say, give me a black coffee. They usually look at me funny, but you are right, it is just less than 2 bucks. Probably cost them about 17 cents to make, they have a very nice profit margin.

Donger
10-05-2006, 05:54 PM
The company also provided research on new customers that shows Starbucks is broadening its socioeconomic base, although the company still appeals to those with higher incomes who are well-educated.

Yes. Because only the highly-educated don't mind paying $2.50 for a f*cking cup of coffee.

Rain Man
10-05-2006, 05:56 PM
There's not one in my house yet.

Bill Parcells
10-05-2006, 06:00 PM
I must admit, I have stood behind a bunch of those Soccer Moms ordering that shit when I am stuck in an airport. Then when it is my turn, I say, give me a black coffee. They usually look at me funny, but you are right, it is just less than 2 bucks. Probably cost them about 17 cents to make, they have a very nice profit margin.
Oh, they are making a killing...probably mostly on those soccer moms who keep ordering those ridiculous milkshakes that go for $4-$5 bucks a pop..

I like it because I like my coffee strong..you have to put about a gallon of heavy cream in their coffee to make it turn brown

Adept Havelock
10-05-2006, 06:01 PM
I dont go for all the super venti caramel coated mocha with sugar and cinammon on top with frosted capaccino..


ROFL

Keeee-rist. That's not a cup of coffee. That's a damn milkshake.

Bill Parcells
10-05-2006, 06:05 PM
ROFL

Keeee-rist. That's not a cup of coffee. That's a damn milkshake.
I know..LOL..

The frickin lines in that place are ridiculous because it takes 5 minutes to explain your order

Rain Man
10-05-2006, 06:06 PM
I occasionally buy a Citrus C Monster from Starbucks. That there is some good juice.

Donger
10-05-2006, 06:33 PM
To put things in perspective, there are 30,000 McDonalds stores globally.

Donger
10-05-2006, 06:35 PM
The highest elevation McDonald's was located in La Paz, Bolivia, at 3,600 meters (11,800 feet) above sea level, before it closed in 2002.

Rain Man
10-05-2006, 06:35 PM
I plan to open a second office at some point.

Donger
10-05-2006, 06:35 PM
The lowest elevation McDonald's is located in the village of Ein Bokek in Israel, near the Dead Sea, at 396 meters (1,300 feet) below sea level.

LMAO

Donger
10-05-2006, 06:36 PM
I plan to open a second office at some point.

May I run it with an iron fist?

Rain Man
10-05-2006, 06:36 PM
The highest elevation McDonald's was located in La Paz, Bolivia, at 3,600 meters (11,800 feet) above sea level, before it closed in 2002.

That's fascinating. I would like to learn more.

Adept Havelock
10-05-2006, 06:36 PM
Real Coffee should be strong enough to put hair on the inside of your chest. And it should dissolve the spoon.

Donger, where is the McDonalds with the lowest population density?

Rain Man
10-05-2006, 06:37 PM
May I run it with an iron fist?

Only if you cloak it in a velvet glove. We have an image to uphold.

Donger
10-05-2006, 06:37 PM
That's fascinating. I would like to learn more.

I'm just making all this up, but okay:

The building to host the highest (above ground level) McDonald's restaurant is the KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Donger
10-05-2006, 06:38 PM
Real Coffee should be strong enough to put hair on the inside of your chest. And it should dissolve the spoon.

Donger, where is the McDonalds with the lowest population density?

Probably France, since all the men are 'light in the loafers."

Donger
10-05-2006, 06:38 PM
The busiest McDonald's in the United States is (according to the Stamford Advocate newspaper) located in Darien, Connecticut, in a rest area off Interstate 95. The busiest McDonald's in Canada is in Cambridge, Ontario, off of Highway 401.

JBucc
10-05-2006, 06:39 PM
So, there really aren't 30,000 McDonalds?

Rain Man
10-05-2006, 06:39 PM
I'm just making all this up, but okay:

The building to host the highest (above ground level) McDonald's restaurant is the KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

What is the McDonald's with the most seating capacity? I've always wondered that.

Adept Havelock
10-05-2006, 06:39 PM
Probably France, since all the men are 'light in the loafers."

:LOL:

I'd think that would put 'Frisco in serious contention.

Rain Man
10-05-2006, 06:39 PM
I wonder which McDonald's sells the most milk shakes.

stevieray
10-05-2006, 06:40 PM
I like coffee, but I've never spent a dime there...seems odd, considering they've been around for awhile.

Donger
10-05-2006, 06:40 PM
Only if you cloak it in a velvet glove. We have an image to uphold.

How about suede (sp?)?

Rain Man
10-05-2006, 06:41 PM
When I was in Paris, there was a McDonald's a couple of blocks from my hotel, but my wife didn't want to go. She said something about French cuisine, so we went out and ate raw beef.

Rain Man
10-05-2006, 06:42 PM
How about suede (sp?)?

I'm not sure. Suede presents an entirely different image. I might get sued if you rule with an iron fist in a suede glove. Plus, it's really hard to take suede gloves off and on.

Donger
10-05-2006, 06:45 PM
What is the McDonald's with the most seating capacity? I've always wondered that.

A McDonald's near Vinita, Oklahoma is situated above Interstate 44, such that it is possible to eat while cars and trucks pass underneath. The Vinita restaurant is said to be the world's largest McDonald's in terms of square footage. The following story appeared in Reader's Digest for June, 2006, p.64: "Driving through Oklahoma, my husband and I went out of our way to stop at what was billed as the largest McDonald's in the world. However, we were less than thrilled when an employee addressed everyone over the intercom, 'Attention, world's largest McDonald's customers...!'"

I've been in this one more than a few times.

Donger
10-05-2006, 06:46 PM
All the McDonald's in Lebanon offer free valet parking services to their clients.

Donger
10-05-2006, 06:48 PM
I'm not sure. Suede presents an entirely different image. I might get sued if you rule with an iron fist in a suede glove. Plus, it's really hard to take suede gloves off and on.

Let me deal with the lawyers and the suede, okay? Oh, and I need $250K to start and a receptionist to start, preferably Thai.

Donger
10-05-2006, 06:48 PM
In all McDonald's in Saudi Arabia the term (Hamburger) has been replaced with (Beefburger) as of 2005 due to the confusion of some customers who took the "Ham" in Hamburger to denote pork (although the name is actually derived from Hamburg). Aside from the local specials, Saudi Arabian McDonald's feature many spin-offs to the original menu sandwiches such as a Chicken Big Mac and Spicy McChicken. As it is with all fast food restaurants in Saudi Arabia, the clients are to leave trays and garbage for the dining area staff to clear away.

Frazod
10-05-2006, 06:52 PM
I'm one of the retards who spends $6 a day there (coffee and pastry). I know I'm a moron for doing it as I'm doing it, but I just keep doing it. The kicker is I really don't like the taste of coffee - I'm just in it for the drugs.

$120 a month for Starbucks. Jesus. :shake:

And the place is always packed, and I can think of five more within a two block radius, and there are probably others in that area that I don't know about. I drive past one on the way to the train station in Naperville, and walk past ten of them on the wau to my office in the Loop. And I figure they could build them on top of each other (which is probably what they'll have to do to make another 40,000) and the goddamn places would still be packed.

They're insidious.

Rain Man
10-05-2006, 06:57 PM
Let me deal with the lawyers and the suede, okay? Oh, and I need $250K to start and a receptionist to start, preferably Thai.

$225,000 and Malaysian, and I can't go any higher than that.

JBucc
10-05-2006, 07:02 PM
The only coffee I get from a chain is from McDonalds when I get my deluxe breakfast combo and Sausage Egg McMuffin.

noa
10-05-2006, 07:08 PM
Starbucks spends more money on employee benefits than on purchasing coffee beans. I think that's pretty decent of them.

Brock
10-05-2006, 07:25 PM
The only coffee I get from a chain is from McDonalds when I get my deluxe breakfast combo and Sausage Egg McMuffin.

Oh yeah. McDonalds coffee kicks ass.

Simplex3
10-05-2006, 07:30 PM
$225,000 and Malaysian, and I can't go any higher than that.
I'll do it for $175,000 and a Vietnamese. I'll throw in wearing whatever type of glove you like.

Chieficus
10-05-2006, 07:30 PM
I don't know if it was starbucks or another coffee shop, but I have a cousin who was boasting about his love for a $12 oversized super-expresso-mocha-latte with a heck of a lot of cream (*not the acutal name, but I can't remember what he did call it).

I looked at him and said, "Dude, you're telling me that you're spending $12 to get a cup of coffee that doesn't taste like coffee."

He was speechless.

Simplex3
10-05-2006, 07:32 PM
http://www.illwillpress.com/sml.html

cdcox
10-05-2006, 07:36 PM
They have tons of room for expansioin. There are only 10 within a 20 mile radius of my house. None are convenient to my daily pathways. I stop every morning for a $0.64 refill at the local conveninece store. If I could get Starbucks for $1.92 without going out of my way, I probably would treat myself a couple times a week.

Simplex3
10-05-2006, 07:40 PM
They have tons of room for expansioin. There are only 10 within a 20 mile radius of my house. None are convenient to my daily pathways. I stop every morning for a $0.64 refill at the local conveninece store. If I could get Starbucks for $1.92 without going out of my way, I probably would treat myself a couple times a week.
I used to work with a guy who would drive into work in his leased SUV then sit there drinking his $4 Starbuck's coffee every morning bitching about how broke he was.

BucEyedPea
10-05-2006, 07:43 PM
Hmmmmmmmm Starbucks. My kid don't play soccer though...guess I'm a Volleyball mom standin' in that line for a lo-fat Latte, extra foam, sprinkled with cinnamon, chocolate and nutmeg! Mmmmmmmmm...good!

It's a pricy treat but ya' know you're payin' for the prestige and image t just stand there and order. The longer the line the more image exposure you get. So it's good Momtrepreneurship PR.

I buy a bag of their Sumatra for at home, and drink it black each mornin' because like frazod I'm in it for the drugs too! Like parcells, I used to be a Dunkin Donut Volleyball Mom.

For a milkshake...a drive thru Steak&Shake for a B&W milkshake for the real thing! Mmmmmmmmmm good! :D

noa
10-05-2006, 07:47 PM
If you ever wanna know how to cheat starbucks out of a few bucks, read this:
http://starbucksgossip.typepad.com/_/2006/09/a_reader_asks_i.html

Fish
10-05-2006, 07:51 PM
http://www.subvulture.com/uploaded/starbucks_consumer_whore.gif

Thig Lyfe
10-05-2006, 07:53 PM
Is there even room on earth for 40,000 new stores? In D.C. there's twenty Starbucks stores on each street. And that's not really an exaggeration.