Starbucks Expands in Europe

    Bulgaria and Portugal Selected as New Territories for 2008 as the Region
Lays Foundation for Continued Expansion

    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, December 19 /CNW/ - Starbucks (NASDAQ:  SBUX)
announced today it will increase its already strong presence in Europe by
opening coffeehouses in Bulgaria and Portugal next year as part of its
strategy to develop business clusters within Europe, the Middle East and

    Starbucks Coffee EMEA recently extended its joint venture agreement with
the Marinopoulos Group to open stores in Bulgaria; the first will open in the
capital city of Sofia in 2008. It also broadened its agreement with Spanish
joint venture partner Grupo VIPS to open stores in Portugal. The first store
is expected to open in Lisbon sometime next year.

    "Extending the reach of our agreements with established business partners
gives us the capability to gain leverage," said Cliff Burrows, president of
Starbucks Europe, Middle East and Africa. "We look forward to bringing our
high quality coffees and the Starbucks Experience to these important emerging
consumer markets."

    Starbucks successful five year partnership with Athens-based Marinopoulos
Group now spans six markets including Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Switzerland,
Austria and the addition of Bulgaria. Likewise, its joint venture relationship
of more than five years with Madrid-based Grupo VIPS covers three markets
including Spain, France and now Portugal.

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