Starbucks reveals plans to sell alcohol in more UK stores

By James Wallin, M&C Report

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Starbucks is rolling out the new menu at a number of UK stores
Starbucks is rolling out the new menu at a number of UK stores

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Starbucks is planning to roll out its evening concept – which includes the sale of alcohol – to other UK stores after its debut at the coffee giant’s Stansted Airport outlet.

The Starbucks Evenings programme offers hot and cold meals – including truffle mac & cheese and braised British beef – and premium wines and beers. The company stressed it had no plans to include spirits in the offer and that alcohol would only be sold for consumption on the premises.

The Stansted store will be opened in partnership with SSP. It is the first UK Starbucks to trial the concept, which has proved popular in 30 sites across America, but the company said it has “plans to expand the programme to additional stores”.

The company said the Evenings menu will be available in the UK from around 4pm.

'Choice'

Ian Cranna, vice-president marketing and category for Starbucks EMEA, said: “We are delighted to launch the first Evenings Programme in the UK. Providing a welcoming coffeehouse environment has always been our focus and now we can offer something new for the evening too.

"I think our customers will love the new range of terrific food and carefully selected wines and beers which will provide even more choice and reasons to visit us later in the day."

Simon Smith, chief executive, UK and Ireland for SSP UK, said: “We are delighted to support our partner Starbucks with the new Evenings Programme at Stansted Airport. Starbucks is a brand which is synonymous with great coffee and introducing this programme will tempt our coffee lovers to experience a new range of delicious foods and carefully selected alcoholic beverages in our newly renovated store.”

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