There are how many Starbucks in Hawaii and their best seller IS NOT Kona Coffee?
The first Starbucks coffee store opened at Kahala Mall in Honolulu on the island of Oahu on December 12, 1996. Their opening day sales broke the previous worldwide opening day record, and they still hold the title! This is quite a feat considering there are more than 11,000 Starbucks locations worldwide with annual revenue of about $6.4 billion dollars. (Business 2.0 Oct. 2006 issue)
Hawaii java junkies have now brought up the Starbucks Coffee Store count in the islands to 66 (updated to 79--see below) stores. For locations on Oahu, the Big Island, Maui, and Kauai, visit starbucks hawaii
According to the manager at the local Hilo Starbucks, in the Hawaiian islands the best selling coffee is NOT Kona because of the expense, and it is not offered in their stores everyday. Only at the Kona Starbucks location is it brewed and sold everyday.
If you are in need of a good cup of reasonably priced pure kona coffee, try our Farmer’s Choice brand, direct from the Big Island where it is grown, and delivered fresh to your doorstep.
UPDATE: July 17, 2008
Starbucks will close five stores in Hawaii -- three on Oahu and one each on Maui and the Big Island -- as part of its recently announced initiative to shut down 600 under-performing stores across the country.
The Hawaii stores are at Waiakea Center in Hilo, Maui Marketplace in Kahului and in Honolulu at 120 Sand Island Access Road, in the Victoria Ward Center and at the Hokua condominium at 1288 Ala Moana Blvd.
The closures will begin this month and continue through the first half of fiscal 2009.
On July 1, the Seattle coffee giant (Nasdaq: SBUX) said it would close 600 "underperforming" stores in the U.S. Approximately 70 percent of them opened since the beginning of fiscal 2006, Starbucks said.
With the closures, there will still be 79 Starbucks coffee shops in Hawaii, where the company employs about 1,600 people. BizJournals.com