Starbucks to offer alcohol at Marunouchi outlet


Starbucks Coffee Japan Ltd. said Wednesday that it will sell alcoholic beverages, including wine and beer, at an outlet in the Marunouchi business district in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward from March 30.

Through the service, dubbed Starbucks Evenings, the company hopes to attract more after-work-hours customers. The company has already begun selling alcohol at around 250 stores worldwide, but the Marunouchi store will be the first such outlet in Asia.

The company will make available 10 kinds of alcoholic beverages and seven kinds of food items. Red and white wines will each sell for ¥918 per glass, and sparkling wines for ¥972. Among the snacks will be cheese and fruit tarts to be priced at ¥410.

The Marunouchi branch will stay open until 10:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and until 9 p.m. on Saturdays. The company also plans to launch the service at other outlets in business districts in Tokyo.