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Thirty-three years after his initial visit to Milan, chairman and ceo Howard Schultz returns to Italy to announce Starbucks debut in the market that inspired its creation.
Starbucks Coffee Company has announced a partnership to open the first Starbucks store in Italy. Percassi, confirmed as Starbucks sole licensee in Italy, will own and operate Starbucks stores, with the first store opening in Milan at the end of 2018.

Starbucks and Percassi share common values and a commitment to creating pathways to youth opportunities and employment in communities right across Italy. Starbucks will partner with Percassi to support local projects our store partners love to work with around the world.