Starbucks Opens First Community Store in Korea

Starbucks Opens First Community Store in Korea
Starbucks Opens First Community Store in Korea

Celebrating its 15 years in Korea, Starbucks today opened the first Community Store in the Daehakro neighborhood of Seoul.

KRW300 (30 cents U.S.) from every purchase at this store will go to Green Umbrella ChildFund Korea (GUCFK) to directly support lifelong skills development for youth through the Starbucks Comprehensive Youth Leadership Program.

The Starbucks Comprehensive Youth Leadership Program is a holistic program that builds on the collaboration with GUCFK to offer academic scholarships through graduation.

Its curriculum is focused on business acumen, collaborative communications and social consciousness as part of its aim to prepare young people from disadvantaged backgrounds for educational and career opportunities in Korea’s economy.

Located in the education and arts district of Seoul, the Community Store will be a social hub for the local community celebrating opportunities to create a positive change through an interactive community board and a unique art wall, created by local university students.

This Starbucks Community Store is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. It is located at 57 Daehakro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea.

Starbucks Korea operates more than 697 stores across 62 cities and is the company’s fourth largest market outside of the U.S.

In the picture above: Starbucks partners with (center) Lee Je-Hoon, president, Green Umbrella ChildFund Korea; S.K. Lee, president, Starbucks Korea; John Culver, group president, Starbucks Coffee China and Asia Pacific, Channel Development and Emerging Brands; and Jeff Hansberry, president, Starbucks China and Asia Pacific, celebrating the first Community Store in Korea.

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