While China is one of Starbucks’ two most important markets globally, the company has other business to do in Asia.
The coffee giant said late Wednesday it plans to accelerate growth plans in Japan — a market it first entered 22 years ago — by opening 300 new stores in the next three years and bringing its total there to 1,700.
Starbucks also plans to begin delivering coffee to Japanese customers through a partnership with Uber Eats after a test it announced with the company in Miami in September. The Japan delivery program will begin modestly, with delivery from five locations starting Thursday, but the company said intends to scale it up in the next two years.
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