Starbucks has an eye on Myanmar

The company’s chief executive, Howard Schultz, posed at a Starbucks in Bangkok Monday.

Sakchai Lalit/Associated Press

The company’s chief executive, Howard Schultz, posed at a Starbucks in Bangkok Monday.

BANGKOK — Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said Monday that the coffee chain’s first stores in India and Vietnam have been received positively, and it might soon be time to give Myanmar a shot, too.

‘‘Within the next couple of years, I’d say,’’ said Schultz of plans to enter Myanmar. His visit to Bangkok this week coincides with the coffee giant’s 15-year anniversary of opening in Thailand.


Starbucks opened its first Vietnam store in February and its first store in India last year. Myanmar is attracting interest from foreign companies and investors after economic and political reforms that have resulted in the European Union dropping sanctions against the country and the United States easing them.

Schultz was in Thailand to announce the opening of Starbucks’ first community store outside the United States. Starbucks has a history of helping neighborhoods where it does business, Schultz said, and the community store concept is an extension of that.

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A portion of revenues earned at the Starbucks store on Bangkok’s swish Lang Suan boulevard will be directed toward farming communities in northern Thailand that grow coffee for the chain.

Starbucks’ other three community stores are in Los Angeles, New York, and Houston.

Associated Press

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