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The Seattle Times reports that Starbucks announced plans to open yet another of its Roastery and Reserve Tasting Rooms - this one in Shanghai, China, sometime next year.

The Shanghai version, which will be twice the size of the 15,000 square foot original in Seattle, will actually open before a New York City version, which is on track to open in Manhattan's Meat Packing District in 2018.

The story notes that "China represents a huge market for Starbucks, and it currently has 2,100 stores in 102 cities ... It is adding 500 stores a year in China and plans to have 3,400 by the end of 2019."
KC's View:
I visited the Seattle original recently, and liked it a lot. You can read/see the story here.