Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Starbucks Corp., the world’s largest coffee-shop operator, plans to add 200 more drive-through stores across the U.K. 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 U.K. 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 today in a statement. The plan will establish Starbucks as market leader in the U.K. drive-through coffee market, it said.
Starbucks gets more than 20 percent of sales from outside the U.S. 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 plans 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 U.K., said gas-station owner Euro Garages Ltd. will operate about half the new drive-through stores under licence, many in central and northern England.
The company, which has more than 700 U.K. outlets, said it also plans to add more conventional stores in the country over the next five years.
Starbucks said last month that fourth-quarter sales at stores open at least 13 months rose 9 percent, with 10 percent growth in the U.S. and 6 percent internationally.
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