Starbucks has unveiled its plan to significantly expand its presence in the next decade. The international coffee giant is aiming to open over 17,000 new locations over the next 10 years. The company’s ambitious expansion plan will grow the total number of stores by 55% over the next decade, significantly increasing its current global footprint. The company has stated that its expansion will focus primarily on major markets such as China, the United States, and Canada. However, it is also planning to add new locations across Europe and the Middle East. The expansion is part of Starbucks’ “Strategic Growth Agenda,” through which the company plans to reinvent customer experiences, expand its digital capabilities, and increase its delivery services. Starbucks Global Chief Operating Officer Roz Brewer stated that the goal of the expansion project is to build “a trusted connection between Starbucks, customers, and partners.” As part of its plan, Starbucks has teamed up with Alibaba, one of China’s leading e-commerce giants. The partnership marks the first move for Starbucks into China’s online retail space and will enable it to reach more customers with its new and improved offerings. Additionally, Starbucks is investing even more heavily into its digital services. It has already made significant improvements to its thumbprinting recognition technology, making it easier to place and pay for orders quickly. Additionally, the company is investing in its delivery services in order to meet the growing demand for food and beverage delivery from customers all around the world. The company is also planning to open more stores in underserved communities. According to recent statements from the company, it hopes to invest $120 million in creating job opportunities and providing economic development services in such communities. With its ambitious expansion plan, Starbucks will make it easier for customers to access its products and services across the globe. It is an exciting move for customers and partners alike, who can look forward to more Starbucks locations, more convenience, and more choice.