Starbucks Timeline

  • Open first Store in Seatlle´s Pike Place Market

    Open first Store in Seatlle´s Pike Place Market
    The three partners that started this company were Jerry Baldwin (English teacher), Gordon Bowker (writer), and Zev Siegl (history teacher).

    At the beginning they did not sell brew coffee, only roasted whole beans.
    The company took the name of the chief mate in the book Moby-Dick: Starbuck, after considering "Cargo House" and "Pequod".
  • Howard Schultz joins Starbucks -1982

    Howard Schultz joins Starbucks -1982
    Howard Schultz Joins Starbucks as director of retail operations and marketing because of his connection to a company that was helping supply Starbucks.
  • Howards travels to Italy - 1983

    Howards travels to Italy - 1983
    Howards travels to Italy and see the potential about espresso bars in Milan, a place where people gather for talking and sharing experiences, he wanted the same idea in Seattle.
    Starbucks was only selling coffee beans and Howard Suggest change it to a café type of coffee place but no one else was keen on that idea.
  • Starbucks acquired Peet´s Coffee -1984

    Starbucks acquired Peet´s Coffee -1984
    Howard convinces the founders of Starbucks to test the coffeehouse concept in downtown Seattle, where the first Starbucks Coffee Latte is served
  • Howard founds Il Giornale

    Howard founds Il Giornale
    Howard left Starbucks because of difference of opinions and founds the store Il Giornale, offering brewed coffee and espresso beverages made from Starbucks coffee beans
  • Starbucks was sold to Howard Schultz for $3.8 million.- 1987

    Howard rebranded his Il Giornale coffee outlets as Starbucks and started to expand rapidly, having stores in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Chicago.
    Total stores: 17
  • 1988- 1989

    1988- 1989
    Offers full health benefits to full and part time employees
    Total stores: 33
    1989:
    Total Stores: 55
  • Expands headquarters in Seattle, Total Stores: 84

  • Opens first licensed airport store at Seattle´s Sea Tac International Airport - 1991

    Opens first licensed airport store at Seattle´s Sea Tac International Airport - 1991
    Becomes the first privately owned U.S company to offer a stock option program that includes part-time employees.
    · Opens first licensed airport store at Seattle´s Sea Tac International Airport
    · Total Stores: 116
  • Completes initial public offering (IPO) - 1992

    Completes initial public offering (IPO) - 1992
    With common stock being traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the trading symbol SBUX.
    Total Stores 165
  • Opens roasting plant in Kent, Wash. 1993

    Announces first two-for-one stock split .
    Total Stores 272
  • Starbucks opended the first driver-thru location - 1994

    Starbucks opended the first driver-thru location - 1994
  • Being serving Frappuccino blended beverages.

    Being serving Frappuccino blended beverages.
    Introduces Starbucks super-premium ice cream.
    Announces second two-for-one stock split.
    Opens roasting facility in York, Pa.
    It further added compact disc to its store was the result of the experiment with in-house music.
    Total Stores 677
  • Opens stores in Japan - 1996

    Opens stores in Japan - 1996
    Being selling bottled Frappuccino coffee drink through North American Coffee Partnership (Starbucks and Pepsi Cola North America). Opens stores in Japan (first store outside of North America and Signapore).
    Total Stores 1015
  • Opens stores in: The Philipines. - 1997

    Establishes The Starbucks Foundation, beneficting local literacy programs.
    Opens stores in: The Philipines.
    Total Stores 1412
  • Acquires Tazo, a tea company based Portland, Ore. -1998

    Acquires Tazo, a tea company based Portland, Ore. -1998
    Extends the Starbuck brand into grocery channels across the U.S.
    Launches Starbucks.com
    Opens stores in: Malasia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand and U.K.
    Total Stores: 1886
  • Partners with Conservation International to promote sustainable coffee-growing practices. - 1999

    Partners with Conservation International to promote sustainable coffee-growing practices. - 1999
    Partners with Conservation International to promote sustainable coffee-growing practices.
    Aquires Hear Music, a San Francisco-based music company.
    Announces third two-for-one stock split.
    Opens Stores in: China, Kuwait, lebanon and South Korea.
    Total Stores 2498
  • Howard Schultz transitions to chairman and chief global strategist, Orin Smith promoted president and chief executive officer.

    Howard Schultz transitions to chairman and chief global strategist, Orin Smith  promoted president and chief executive officer.
    Howard Schultz transitions to chairman and chief global strategist, Orin Smith promoted president and chief executive officer.
    Establishes licensing agreement with TransFair USA to sell Fairtrade certfied coffee in U.S. and Canada.
    Open stores in: Australia,Bahrain,Hong Kong, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
    Total Stores: 3501
  • Introduces the Starbucks Card, an innovative stored-value card for customers to use and reaload. - 2001

    Introduces the Starbucks Card, an innovative stored-value card for customers to use and reaload. -  2001
    Introduces ethical coffee-sourcing guidelines debelopend in partnership withc Conservation International.
    Introduces the Starbucks Card, an innovative stored-value card for customers to use and reaload.
    Announces fourth two-for-one stock split.
    Opens stores in: Austria and Switserland.
    Total Stores: 4709
  • Starbucks enters into licensing agreements with national Fairtrade organizations to sell Fairtrade certified coffee. 2002

    Starbucks enters into licensing agreements with national Fairtrade organizations to sell Fairtrade certified coffee. 2002
    Establishes Starbucks Coffee Trading Company (SCTC) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
    Launches Wi-Fi in stores.
    Start its expansion to Latin America with the opening of its first store in Mexico.
    Opens stores in: Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Mexico, Oman, Puerto Rico and Spain.
    Total stores: 5,886
  • Acquires Seattle Coffee Company. - 2003

    Acquires Seattle Coffee Company. - 2003
    Opens roasting facilities in Carson Valley, USA, and Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    Opens stores in: Chile, Cyprus, Peru and Turkey.
    Total stores: 7,225
  • Opens first Farmer Support Center in San Jose, Costa Rica. 2004

    Introduces Starbucks Coffee Master Program.
    Opens stores in: France and Northern Ireland.
    Total stores: 8,569
  • Chairman Howard Schultz returns as CEO and begins transformation of the company. 2008

    Chairman Howard Schultz returns as CEO and begins transformation of the company. 2008
    Acquires Coffee Equipment Company and its Clover brewing system.
    Adopts new Mission Statement “To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time”.
    Launches My Starbucks Idea, Starbucks first online community. Also joins Twitter and debuts Starbucks Facebook page.
    Opens stores in: Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Portugal.
    The total international stores reached 5113 and 11567 stores in the United States.
    Total stores: 16,680
  • Jim Donald becomes president and CEO to replace retiring Orin Smith.

    Jim Donald becomes president and CEO to replace retiring Orin Smith.
    Acquires Ethos Water.
    Announces fifth two-for-one stock split.
    Opens stores in: Bahamas, Ireland and Jordan.
    Total stores: 10,241
  • First paper beverage cup - 2006

    First paper beverage cup - 2006
    Launches the industry’s first paper beverage cup containing post-consumer recycled fiber.
    Opens stores in: Brazil and Egypt.
    Total stores: 12,440
  • Eliminates all artificial trans fat - 2007

    Eliminates all artificial trans fat - 2007
    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.
    Total stores: 15,011
  • Opens Farmer Support Center in Kigali, Rwanda. 2009

    Opens Farmer Support Center in Kigali, Rwanda. 2009
    Starbucks named on of the most engaged brand in social media.
    Launches My Starbucks Rewards, a loyalty program came out for users of the Starbucks card.
    Opens stores in: Aruba and Poland.
    Total stores: 16,635
  • At the beginning of 2010 the changes introduced began to be reflected in the results.

    At the beginning of 2010 the changes introduced began to be reflected in the results.
    Seattle’s Best Coffee reinvents business strategy to extend brand’s reach.
    Announces first Asia Farmer Support Center in Yunnan Province, China.

    At the beginning of 2010 the changes introduced began to be reflected in the results. After 3 years of falling in traffic to its stores, Starbucks managed to resume the path of growth, which has not been removed until today.
    Opens stores in: El Salvador, Hungary and Sweden.
    Total stores: 16,858
  • Launches first annual Global Month of Service to celebrate company’s 40th anniversary. 2011

    Launches first annual Global Month of Service to celebrate company’s 40th anniversary. 2011
    Launches first annual Global Month of Service to celebrate company’s 40th anniversary.
    Opens first Community Stores in Harlem and Crenshaw neighborhoods.
    Introduces their largest cup size, the Trenta, which can hold 31 ounces.
    Acquires Evolution Fresh.
    Opens Farmer Support Center in Mbeya, Tanzania.
    Opens stores in: Guatemala, Curacao and Morocco.
    Total stores: 17,003
  • Introduces Starbucks Blonde Roast. 2012

    Introduces Starbucks Blonde Roast. 2012
    Opens Farmer Support Centers in Manizales, Colombia and Yunnan, China.
    Acquires La Boulange bakery brand to elevate core food offerings.
    Launches Starbucks Refreshers beverage platform.
    Acquires Teavana to transform the tea category.
    Opens stores in: Costa Rica, Finland, India and Norway.
    Total stores: 18,066
  • Agrees a strategy with the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation to give greater visibility to Colombian coffee in the stores that it has throughout the world. 2013

    Agrees a strategy with the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation to give greater visibility to Colombian coffee in the stores that it has throughout the world. 2013
    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announces the opening of the first store in Colombia for 2014, with plans to inaugurate 50 stores in 5 years, promising to use only national raw material.
    Strengthens ethical sourcing efforts with coffee farming research and development center in Costa Rica.
    Opens stores in: Vietnam and Monaco.
    Total stores: 19,767
  • Opens first Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle. - 2014

    Opens first Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle. - 2014
    Enhances iPhone app with shake to pay and digital tipping.
    Launches Starbucks College Achievement Plan with Arizona State University to offer qualifying Starbucks U.S. partners the opportunity to complete a college degree through ASU’s online degree program.
    Launches Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay.
    On July 17, inaugurates first store in the north of Bogota, Colombia, in the emblematic Park of the 93.
    Opens stores in: Brunei and Colombia.
    Total stores: 21,366
  • Launches Cold Brew iced coffee and Evolution Fresh handcrafted smoothies.

    Launches Cold Brew iced coffee and Evolution Fresh handcrafted smoothies.
    Announces sixth two-for-one stock split.
    Commits to hiring 10,000 opportunity youth by 2018.
    Opens in Mexico the largest Reserve store in Latin America.
    Starbucks Colombia celebrates its first anniversary in the country, with the opening of the tenth store in the historic Usaquen area, in Bogota.
    Reaches 99% ethically sourced coffee milestone.
    Opens stores in: Panama
    Total stores: Colombia: 10, world: 23,043
  • Starbucks Colombia expands, opening 3 stores in Medellin. 2016

    Starbucks gets a mayor makeover on their employee dress code.
    Unveils an innovative conversation ordering system, called My Starbucks Barista, powered by groundbreaking Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the Starbucks Mobile App.
    China is the largest international market for Starbucks, with nearly 2,500 stores in 118 cities and more than 30,000 partners (employees).
    Starbucks Colombia expands, opening 3 stores in Medellin.
    Total stores: Colombia: 13, world: 25,085
  • Howard Schultz resigns as Starbucks CEO and is replaced by Kevin Johnson. - 2017

    Howard Schultz resigns as Starbucks CEO and is replaced by Kevin Johnson. - 2017
    In Colombia, Starbucks completes 20 open stores, 15 in Bogota and 5 in Medellin, with plans to open in Cali.
    Plans to increase purchases of Colombian coffee, being the largest buyer of premium Arabica coffee in Colombia.
    Total stores: Colombia: 20, world: 27,339
  • Starbuck closes 8,000 of its U.S. locations for a day in May to provide racial bias training to 175,000 employees. - 2018

    Generated record third-quarter revenue and profit.
    Starbucks Colombia opens 3 store in Cali, and completes 26 in the country, with goals of having 50 open stores in 2019.
    Adds 'Cold Foam' to its portfolio of frozen beverages in Colombia.
    Total stores (trim. 2): Colombia: 26, world: 28,209