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A dominant multinational coffeehouse chain based in the United States. Named after the first mate in the novel Moby Dick. Starbucks is the largest coffeehouse company in the world, with 7,521 company-owned and 5,647 licensed stores in 40 countries, making a total of 13,168 stores worldwide. Starbucks sells drip brewed coffee, espresso-based hot drinks, other hot and cold drinks, snacks and items such as mugs and coffee beans.
Through its Starbucks Entertainment division and Hear Music brand, the company has ventured beyond refreshments into books, music, and film. Many of these products are seasonal or specific to the locality of the store. Starbucks brand ice cream and coffee are also sold at grocery stores.
From its founding in Seattle, Washington as a local coffee bean roaster and retailer, Starbucks has expanded rapidly. In the 1990,s the company was opening a new store every workday, a pace that continued into the 2000's. Domestic growth has since slowed down, though the company continues to expand in foreign markets and is opening 7 stores a day worldwide. The first location outside of the U.S. and Canada was established in 1996, and they now constitute almost one third of Starbucks' stores.As of February, 2007, Starbucks had 7,521 company-owned outlets worldwide: 6,010 of them in the United States and 1,511 in other countries and U.S. territories. In addition, the company has 5,647 joint-venture and licensed outlets, 3,391 of them in the United States and 2,256 in other countries and U.S. territories. This brings the total locations (as of February, 2007) to 13,168 worldwide.