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Starbucks opens its first store in Braga

    Braga, 13th June, 2018.

    Starbucks has just opened a new location in Liberdade Street Fashion, arriving in the city of Braga for the first time ever.

    The inauguration of this store, which has 15 new baristas, took place today and featured the presence of Firmino Marques, Vice-President of the Municipal Chamber of Braga.

    For this very special day, Starbucks “has shown its best face” to kick off the São João de Braga festival celebrations, decorating the main entrance of the store for the occasion with a flowered arcade and the presence of a traditional “cabezudo” (a carnival figure with an oversized head), which welcomed all guests.

    This new location on one of the most emblematic avenues in the city features a relaxed atmosphere, peaceful music, free Wi-Fi and the smell of recently ground coffee. The baristas can prepare more than 86,000 artisan beverage combinations with 100% Arabica coffee of the best quality.

    “Braga is no doubt an important city for us and we’re very proud of this new opening which continues the Starbucks expansion in Portugal. We’ve arrived in the heart of the city and want to guarantee a unique experience for each one of our customers in this lovely city,” said Luís Rocha e Mello, Director of Operations for Starbucks Coffee Portugal.

    The elegant and minimalist decoration uses dark wood for verticality and a youthful and trendy look and feel. The colorful wall at the back of the premises displays a coffee-themed painting showing the different phases from harvesting to drinking.

    The entrance to the location, situated on the side of Liberdade Street Fashion, has a facade decorated with wooden batten and a terrace with 22 seats in addition to the 46 inside.

    Starbucks fans can enjoy this new store Monday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

    With these new premises, the brand now has a total of 17 Starbucks stores in Portugal as it pursues its national expansion plan. 

    To download photos of the Starbucks Braga store, click here: https://we.tl/kJfBrKmpRX

    About Starbucks

    Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to coffee growers since its foundation in 1971, to ethically and responsible achieve the best quality. With stores currently all over the planet, Starbucks has become the number 1 coffee roasting and distribution company in the world. Thanks to its commitment to excellence and consumers, the brand provides a real Starbucks Coffee Company experience through its coffees. To share this experience, visit our stores or go to www.starbucks.pt.

    About Grupo Vips

    Grupo Vips is one of the leading multi-brand and multi-format groups in the organized restaurant sector in Spain. The company manages a total of six well-known brands it either owns or operates under franchising agreements: VIPS, VIPS Smart, GINOS, Fridays, Starbucks and wagamama. Moreover, Grupo Vips has a premium sandwich, salad and take-away product factory, BSF. The company manages a total of 400 locations serving more than 120,000 customers a day. It runs a pioneer and restaurant sector-leading loyalty program, Club VIPS, with more than 1,000,000 members throughout Spain.  The App, which is unique in the market and was released at the end of April 2015, has already been downloaded more than 1 million times. Grupo Vips is a private equity company which was founded in 1969. Seventy percent of Grupo Vips shares are held by majority shareholders and founders, led by the Arango family, and 30% are held by the ProA Capital fund. Grupo Vips employs more than 9,300 people and ended fiscal year 2017 with 415 million euros in turnover. For the second consecutive year, Grupo Vips was listed in the ranking of the companies with the best reputation in Spain, as per the RepTrak® Spain 2018, as the only restaurant business to be included on the list. www.grupovips.com