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Starbucks plans to create 5,000 jobs in UK

STARBUCKS, the world's largest coffee-shop operator, plans to add 200 more drive-through stores across the UK in an expansion that will create 5,000 jobs.

The new stores will be opened over the next five years, said Starbucks, which already operates nine stores in the UK where drivers can purchase drinks including 'Frappuccino' iced coffees and gingerbread lattes from their cars.

"Customers want the best coffee wherever they are, rather than just as a high-street treat," the Seattle-based company said yesterday in a statement.

The plan will establish Starbucks as the market leader in the UK drive-through coffee market, it said.

Starbucks gets more than 20pc of sales from outside the US and has more than 6,000 international locations, in addition to 10,900 cafes in its home country.

The coffee brewer said earlier this year that it planned to more than triple its store count in mainland China to 1,500 locations by 2015.

Starbucks, which last year opened 35 outlets at Welcome Break roadside locations in the UK, said gas-station owner Euro Garages Ltd would operate about half the new drive-through stores under licence, many in central and northern England.

The company, which has more than 700 UK outlets, said it also planned to add more conventional stores in the country over the next five years.

The coffee shop operator said last month that sales for the fourth quarter at stores open at least 13 months rose 9pc, with 10pc growth in the US and 6pc internationally. (Bloomberg)

Irish Independent