History & Timeline:
: Union Pacific Railways builds todays Starbucks center as a Sears Department store.
Nov 30: Birth of Bill Gates Sr,
prominent Seattle Business Lawyer, later investor of Starbucks.
July 19: Birth of Howard Schultz in New York.
: Jerry Baldwin opens the first Starbucks store in 2000 Western Avenue Seattle
: The first cafe is moved to 1912
Pike Place Market.
: Howard Schultz joins Starbucks as director of retail operations and marketing.
Starbucks begins providing coffee to fine restaurants and espresso bars.
: Schultz travels to Italy, this gives him the idea to develop a coffeehouse culture in Seattle.
: Schultz convinces the founders of Starbucks to test the coffeehouse concept in downtown Seattle.
This successful experiment is the genesis for a company that Schultz founds in 1985.
: Schultz founds Il Giornale, offering brewed coffee and espresso beverages made from Starbucks® coffee beans.
: Il Giornale acquires Starbucks assets with the backing of local investors,
one of them is the father of Bill Gates Jr, founder of Microsoft
is renamed to Starbucks Corporation.
Starbucks opens in Chicago and Vancouver.
by end of 1987 ther are 17 outlets.
: 33 Starbuck Cafes.
: 55 Starbucks Cafes
: Starbucks expands headquarters in Seattle.
Unveils Starbucks Mission Statement.
84 Starbucks Cafes
: First privately owned U.S. company to offer a stock option program that includes part-time employees.
First licensed airport store at Seattle’s Sea-Tac International Airport.
116 Starbucks Cafes
: Completes initial public offering (IPO). (Nasdaq:SBUX)
165 Starbucks Cafes
: Opening of a roasting plant in Kent, Washington.
First two-for-one stock split.
272 Starbucks Cafes
: First drive-thru location.
425 Starbucks Cafes
: Begins serving Frappuccino® blended beverages.
Second two-for-one stock split.
677 Starbucks Cafes
: Frappuccino® coffee drink through North American Coffee Partnership.
First cafes outside North America in Japan and Singapore .
1,015 Starbucks Cafes.
: Starbucks Foundation created.
First store in the Philippines.
1,412 Starbucks Cafes.
: Extends the Starbucks brand into grocery channels across the U.S.
Opens in underserved neighborhoods through joint-venture partnership with Magic Johnson.
Launch of Starbucks.com.
More International cafés in England, Malaysia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Thailand.
1,886 Starbucks Cafes
: Starbucks acquires Tazo Tea.
Acquisition of Hear Music, a San Francisco–based music company.
Third two-for-one stock split.
New Cafés in China, Kuwait, Lebanon and South Korea.
2,498 Starbucks Cafes.
: Fairtrade certified coffee in U.S. and Canada.
New Cafes in Australia, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
3,501 Starbucks Cafes
Introduction of the Starbucks Card.
Fourth two-for-one stock split.
Opening of cafes in: Austria, Scotland, Switzerland and Wales.
4,709 Starbucks Cafes
: Starbucks Coffee Trading Company (SCTC) established in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Wi-Fi in stores becomes available.
Opening of cafés in: Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Mexico, Oman, Puerto Rico and Spain.
5,886 Starbucks Cafes
: Acquires Seattle Coffee Company, which includes Seattle’s Best Coffee® and Torrefazione Italia® coffee.
Roasting facilities in Carson Valley, Nevada and Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Opening of Cafes in: Chile, Cyprus, Peru and Turkey.
7,225 Starbucks Cafes
: Opens first Farmer Support Center in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Opening of Cafes in: France and Northern Ireland.
The first French Starbucks is located 26 Avenue de l'Opera,
in the first District of Paris, 75001
8,569 Starbucks Cafes
: Acquires Ethos Water.
Fifth two-for-one stock split.
Opening of Cafes in: Bahamas, Ireland and Jordan.
10,241 Starbucks Cafes
: Launches the industry’s first paper beverage cup containing post-consumer recycled fiber.
Opening of Cafes in: Brazil and Egypt.
12,440 Starbucks Cafes
: Eliminates all artificial trans fat and makes 2 percent milk the new standard for espresso beverages.
Opens stores in: Denmark, the Netherlands, Romania and Russia.
15,011 Starbucks Cafes
: Chairman Howard Schultz returns as chief executive officer and begins transformation of the company.
Acquires Coffee Equipment Company and its Clover® brewing system.
Opens stores in: Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Portugal.
16,680 Starbucks Cafes
: Launches Starbucks VIA® Instant
Opens Farmer Support Center in Kigali, Rwanda.
Launches My Starbucks Rewards® loyalty program and Starbucks Card mobile payment.
Opens stores in: Aruba and Poland.
16,635 Starbucks Cafes
: Expands digital offerings for customers with free unlimited Wi-Fi.
Seattle’s Best Coffee reinvents business strategy to extend brand’s reach.
Opens stores in: El Salvador, Hungary and Sweden.
16,858 Starbucks Cafes
: 40th anniversary.
Opens first Community Stores in Harlem and Crenshaw neighborhoods.
Launches Starbucks® K-Cup® packs.
Acquires Evolution Fresh.
Opens Farmer Support Center in Mbeya, Tanzania.
Opens stores in: Guatemala, Curacao and Morocco.
17,003 Starbucks Cafes
: Introduces Starbucks® Blonde Roast.
Opens Farmer Support Centers in Manizales, Colombia and Yunnan, China.
Acquires La Boulange® bakery brand to elevate core food offerings.
Acquires Teavana to transform the tea category.
Opens stores in: Costa Rica, Finland, India and Norway.
18,066 Starbucks Cafes
: Strengthens ethical sourcing efforts with coffee farming research and development center in Costa Rica.
Starbucks ceo Howard Schultz reinforces company’s commitment to marriage equality.
Opens stores in: Vietnam and Monaco.
19,767 Starbucks Cafes
: Enhances iPhone app with shake to pay and digital tipping.
Launches Starbucks College Achievement Plan with Arizona State University
Opens first Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle.
Launches Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay.
Opens stores in: Brunei and Colombia.
21,366 Starbucks Cafes
: Launches Cold Brew iced coffee and Evolution Fresh™ handcrafted smoothies.
Announces sixth two-for-one stock split.
Reaches 99% ethically sourced coffee milestone.
Opens stores in: Panama.
, Mai: Microsoft participates in the
Pop Up Cafe at Cremerie de Paris N°1
A video was made in the Royal Staircase of the Cremerie de Paris
where Louix XIV
used to play while he was a child.
: 30,000 Starbucks cafés
Source : webiste starbucks.com and others