As a popular national coffee chain, Starbucks does not offer franchises for sale. Starbucks stores are owned and operated by the company. They do provide a business partnership opportunity for those interested in having a store located within an existing business space.
Starbucks started with a single store in 1971 and has gradually expanded into an international coffee shop chain. Chairman and CEO, Howard Schultz, bought four stores from the original owners and has remained with the company. Starbucks has never been franchised to individuals like some other national hospitality brands.
Anyone looking to partner with Starbucks must meet certain qualifications. These partnerships can be seen in various hotels, colleges, hospitals, supermarkets and similar places that get a lot of consumer foot traffic.
Starbucks does offer a traditional franchise opportunity for their subsidiary, Seattle's Best Coffee. These franchises are operated as a kiosk or cafe. The cost of owning a Seattle's Best Coffee franchise ranges between $270,000 to $445,000. Average amount of start-up money needed is $100,000. People interested in finding out more information about this franchise can contact the company's main office in Seattle, Wash.
Seattle's Best Coffee seeks franchisees that wish to own multiple franchise locations. They offer training and incentives for minorities, women and veterans.