Starbucks to offer alcohol in more locations

@CNNMoney January 23, 2012: 3:07 PM ET
The coffee shop chain will soon offer alcohol at locations in Atlanta and Southern California in addition to previously announced locations in Chicago and the Pacific Northwest.

The coffee shop chain will soon offer alcohol at locations in Atlanta and Southern California in addition to previously announced locations in Chicago and the Pacific Northwest.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Listen up, beer lovers -- you may soon be able to get your suds in grande form. At Starbucks.

Starbucks said Monday that it would begin offering beer and wine at select locations in Atlanta and Southern California by the end of this year, to go along with several locations in the Chicago area that have previously been announced.

Starbucks (SBUX, Fortune 500) began the initiative in the Pacific Northwest in late 2010.

"As our customers transition from work to home, many are looking for a warm and inviting place to unwind and connect with the people they care about," Clarice Turner, Starbucks' senior vice president for U.S. operations, said in a statement.

"We're pleased with the response of our customers to the introduction of wine, beer and premium food at several of our stores in the Pacific Northwest, and we're excited to see how the idea translates to other markets."

The "enhanced menu" at these locations will also include savory snacks, small plates, and hot flatbreads, Starbucks said. The wines and beers on offer "will be hand-selected to reflect local customer tastes and preferences," the company added. To top of page

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