Starbucks plans to add over 10,000 new jobs a year in China over the next five years as part of the U.S. coffee giant's big bet on the nation of tea drinkers, where coffee culture is flourishing amid a booming middle class despite an economic slowdown.
Besides aiming to more than double its store count in China to 5,000 by 2021, the world's largest coffee chain is brewing up a 30,000 sq ft premium coffee house in Shanghai, described by its new China head Belinda Wong as "the second Disneyland" in the making.
In an interview with the Post at a "Bing Sutt"-style Starbucks café in Central, which pays homage to the traditional 1950s Hong Kong coffee shop decor, Wong spoke of her vision since stepping into her role as the Seattle-based company's first China operations chief executive late October.
"In China in the coming five years we are definitely adding 10,000 plus new jobs every year. We open 500 stores a year and our goal is by 2021...to have 5,000 stores," said the 44-year-old, who has been named in the top 25 on Fortune China's annual list of the country's most influential businesswomen since 2012.