(29 March 2021)  Today Starbucks is the largest coffeehouse company in the world, with 32,938 retail locations as of the first quarter of 2021, followed distantly by coffee shop chains such as Dunkin Donuts with about 10,000 restaurants, Tim Hortons with 4,300 outlets, and Costa Coffee with nearly 1,700 stores worldwide. 

  • Starbucks was founded in 1971 in Seattle, Washington, and incorporated on November 4, 1985, to become the publicly traded Starbucks Corporation.
  • Based on the company's positive, sustained operating results, it is ranked among Forbes' Top-500 world's biggest public companies. 

Starbucks' international footprint has expanded to 24,058 stores worldwide since first expanding outside the US market in 1996, with stores located in three main markets: the Americas, which includes Canada, Latin America, and the US; China and the Asia Pacific (CAP); and the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The domestic market still represents more than half of all Starbucks stores; California, with 1,863 locations, has more stores than any other state.  

  • Starbucks operates two types of stores: company-operated and licensed. Currently, the store count is almost equally distributed between these two types - 51 percent of stores are company-operated and the other 49 percent are licensed - even under continuous expansion.
  • During the first quarter of 2021, Starbucks launched 278 new stores.
  • The company's growth is bolstered by a low turnover of its stores. Only 443 Starbucks stores have closed throughout the company's history: 240 stores in 2009, the year of the global financial crisis; 42, in 2010; and 161 in 2011.

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