Starbucks Thailand has announced its ambitious plan to open 335 new stores in the country from 2023 to 2030. The strategy aims to expand the total number of Starbucks branches in Thailand to 800 by 2030, up from the current 465 stores. This move reflects Starbucks’ commitment to accelerating growth in one of Southeast Asia’s vibrant markets.
Nednapa Srisamai, Managing Director of Starbucks Thailand, expressed confidence in the long-term prospects of Thailand’s economy. While the investment budget was not disclosed, she highlighted that Thailand has been a strategic market for Starbucks in Southeast Asia, and the company remains optimistic about the future of the coffee business in the country.
As part of the eight-year business plan, the new Starbucks stores will feature the Reserve and drive-thru formats. Starbucks has responded to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic by expanding its number of drive-thru stores, a trend that will continue as the number of COVID infections decreases. Currently, there are 56 Starbucks drive-thru stores in Thailand, with plans to expand the network to approximately 100 in the future. This focus on drive-thru stores aligns with evolving consumer behavior and offers increased accessibility.
In line with the sustainability trend, Starbucks Thailand aims to open more Starbucks Greener stores and cashless outlets. The company recently upgraded its largest store, Starbucks Reserve Chao Phraya Riverfront at Iconsiam, to include a second Community store. Starbucks plans to operate eight Community stores out of the 800 branches scheduled for 2030. These stores will follow a profit-sharing business model, supporting Starbucks’ global commitment to establishing 1,000 Community stores worldwide by 2030.