Starbucks to add 5,000 jobs in the U.K.

by Eric Schroeder
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LONDON — Starbucks Coffee U.K. said it plans to create 5,000 jobs in the United Kingdom over the next five years as part of a stepped-up effort to increase the number of drive-thru outlets.

Starbucks, which said it has seen strong customer response to the convenience of its coffee on-the-go over the past three years, will increase its number of U.K. drive-thru outlets over the next five years to 200, up from 9 currently.

“Customers told us that they now expect the best possible coffee wherever they are, and the success of our first drive-thru stores shows that this is a huge opportunity,” said Kris Engskov, managing director of Starbucks U.K. and Ireland. “It also means that we are able to create quality jobs at a time when they are most needed and because half of our baristas are under 24 years old, this will particularly benefit young job-seekers at a time of record youth unemployment.”

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