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Starbucks expands alcohol sales

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Starbucks expands alcohol sales

By Corinne Hautala. CREATED May 7, 2014

Alcohol may soon be coming to a Starbucks near you.  The coffee giant plans to expand the number of locations that sell alcoholic beverages.

What began with a single Seattle Starbucks location selling beer and wine in 2010, has evolved into 26 locations and the alcoholic beverage platform will expand to thousands of locations, according to Starbucks spokeswoman Lisa Passé.

"The concept is a natural progression for Starbucks as we seek to create a new occasion for customers to gather, relax and connect with each other in the evenings," Passé says.

The chain has seen little blowback in its slow expansion of beer and wine sales, which will reach 40 locations by the end of this year.

Right now there are no plans for alcoholic beverages beyond wine and beer, Passé says, nor are there plans to expand the program outside the USA.