Starbucks’ long-rumored expansion into Italy is finally reality


The company describes the store as “both an homage to the city of Milan and a celebration of everything Starbucks has learned about coffee in its 47-year history.” The Reserve store will offer the coffee beverages that one would expect but also artisanal cocktails and baked goods from Rocco Princi.

The 25,000-square-foot Reserve Roastery in Milan creates 300 new jobs and is to be followed by regular cafes operated with local franchisee Percassi.

The Italian entry has been a long time coming. Howard Schultz, Starbucks’ longtime CEO and now chairman emeritus, mentioned Italy as a target market as early as 1998, telling The New Yorker that to open in the country would be “to climb Mount Everest.” That year, Starbucks did expand internationally to London, but Italy was still two decades away.