There are over 28,000 Starbucks locations in more than 78 countries, including Wales, which we’re pretty sure isn’t a country. During a particularly heady period in the late 1990s and early aughts, Starbucks was opening a new store every workday.
In 2008 and 2009, as millions of Starbucks customers lost their latte money — and their homes, cars and first born children — to the recession, the coffee giant was forced to shrink just a tad. It closed 771 stores worldwide and has plans to close a couple hundred more. Australia was particularly hard-hit, losing 61 of its 84 Starbucks in July 2008. At least they still have giant beer and koalas.
But before you start feeling sorry for the Seattle-based mega-company, consider this statistic gathered by Harper’s magazine in 2002, confirming the nagging suspicion that Starbucks is stalking you: 68 of Manhattan’s 124 Starbucks are located within two blocks (!) of another Starbucks.
In 2018, Starbucks expanded its partnership with Uber Eats to bring its beverages to U.S. customers’ doorsteps, as it had already done for some time in China