US coffee giant Starbucks opened its 6,000th mainland China store at Shanghai Lippo Plaza just before the Golden Week national holiday on October 1, 2022. Photo: SCMP/ Yaling Jiang
US coffee giant Starbucks opened its 6,000th mainland China store at Shanghai Lippo Plaza just before the Golden Week national holiday on October 1, 2022. Photo: SCMP/ Yaling Jiang

Starbucks gave China a taste for coffee, now must brew growth in pandemic-altered market where rivals smell opportunity

  • The Seattle-based giant opened its 6,000th China store in September, but now faces new venture-backed domestic entrants and international foes
  • The pandemic favoured takeaway service and smaller stores, changing the market’s competitive dynamics

US coffee giant Starbucks opened its 6,000th mainland China store at Shanghai Lippo Plaza just before the Golden Week national holiday on October 1, 2022. Photo: SCMP/ Yaling Jiang
US coffee giant Starbucks opened its 6,000th mainland China store at Shanghai Lippo Plaza just before the Golden Week national holiday on October 1, 2022. Photo: SCMP/ Yaling Jiang
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