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The World’s Biggest Starbucks Opens in Shanghai. Here’s What It Looks Like.

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  1. ashok321

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    The World’s Biggest Starbucks Opens in Shanghai. Here’s What It Looks Like.

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    SHANGHAI — He Junwei traveled about 100 miles on a high-speed train to wait an hour for a cup of coffee.

    Mr. He was one of hundreds of Chinese caffeine fiends gathered to visit what essentially serves as a tribute built by Starbucks in their honor. The American company on Wednesday opened its largest store in the world in Shanghai, a 29,000-square-foot sanctuary staffed by 400 employees.

    The giant cafe represents the big bet it has placed on a country that until only recently much preferred tea. Starbucks has opened more than 3,000 stores in the country and plans to have 5,000 in four years.

    The company said it opens a store in the country at a rate of one every 15 hours.

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    China is now one of Starbucks’s major revenue drivers at a time when other foreign companies are complaining about the country’s business environment.

    Yum Brands, the owner of Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, spun off its China unit, in part, because of concerns over its ability to grow there. Others, like McDonald’s and Coca-Cola, have also been pulling back from China.

    But while other companies have run up against barriers, Starbucks has managed to invest heavily. It pays higher wages than many competitors, and has offered housing allowances and health care benefits.

    The company’s efforts have meant the ability to build trust in China.

    On Wednesday, that was evidenced by the scores of people waiting to get in.

    The opening — held in the cavernous space in which the din of beans rattling through pipes and baristas heating coffee competed with techno music — was designed for people like Mr. He.

    “Sometimes I brew at home,” he said, “but it feels lonely.”

    A 22-year-old logistics worker in the city of Hangzhou, he also made the trip to add to his collection of Starbucks-themed cups.

    “Though many older Chinese like tea, I just like coffee,” Mr. He said. “As the old saying goes, once love has begun, it never ends.”
     
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    China = Opulence.
     
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    Learn from China Pakistan I beg of you. And no I am not saying because of this Starbucks building but because it is the only way of snapping out of whatever we have made the country.
     
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    So its a large shop that sells coffee :cheesy:

    What is so special about that ? :lol:
     
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    I prefer tea over coffee any day. Starbucks has a bad habit of re-using their coffee beans over and over. :bad:
     
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    Free wifi 24 hours place....
     
  7. jamahir

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    Me too. Except when I am too lazy to prepare tea.

    There is a thread on PDF about tea but I am unable to find it.

    A bit too much, I will say.
     
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    All you need is water,milk and lipton tea bags. Adding cinnamon will alter the taste but it's great for losing weight.
     
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    Sometimes I dislike the sweetness that cinnamon induces in the tea.

    By the way, I am not a fan of the size-zero, gymming woman.

    And I found this article about some health risks of cinnamon :

     
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    You didn't get my point, I am sorry I am not clear enough.

    Your example about india is a really really bad one.
    We get public wifi in the train station, on the train, in entire cities.
    Private wifi is also the basic provision of every single restaurant, big or small.
    In the capital of China's poorest province, wifi is covering entire city of 4 million people, to say nothing of the bigger cities in the East.

    https://defence.pk/pdf/threads/xian...pen-on-6-dec-history-today-and-future.531738/
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    But starbucks in China provides wifi at least 1-2M/s, you download a song within 2-3 seconds, that is faster than public wifi in China.
     
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    You've got to love the power of the brand. You can buy a better Burger than those served in Mcdonalds, yet there are only 2 countries in the world without a mcdonalds. You can buy a better coffee than at starbucks, yet they are opening nearly 2 stores a day!

    I would encourage Pakistani's to resist the lure of the big franchise. You'll miss what you have, when it's gone. The tea you get served on a roadside, the street food, if it's put out of business by big brands, you'll miss it. In the developed world people are already trying to reverse the trend with "independents" now being all the rage, the fashion, the demand of the hipster.
     
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    I seldom go to Starbucks but when I go, I find it is full of Chinese students. For some reason, Chinese like it more than other Nations.