Starbucks acquires full ownership of select stores in China

Seattle -- Starbucks Corp. announced it has acquired full ownership of Starbucks stores in the China provinces of Guangdong, Hainan, Sichuan, Shaanxi and Hubei in an agreement with Maxim’s Caterers Ltd., the coffee company’s joint-venture partner. As a result, Starbucks said now has full control of more than half of the Starbucks retail stores in Mainland China as it looks to accelerate growth in the future.

“Full ownership of our stores in Central, South and Western China is part of our broader strategy to build China as our second home market outside of the U.S. and allows us to accelerate growth as we look to achieve our goal of having 1,500 stores across the country by 2015,” said John Culver, president, Starbucks Coffee International.

As part of the agreement, Maxim’s has acquired Starbucks’s remaining equity stake in the Hong Kong and Macau markets.