About 1,000 people lined up for the opening of Starbucks in Tottori City on Saturday morning. Tottori Prefecture was the final frontier for the popular coffee shop chain that now has more than 1,000 stores in Japan’s 47 prefectures.
Japanese media reported that customers started lining up from around noon on Friday. Sports Nippon reported that at least 150 people set up camp outside the 71-seat store overnight hoping to be first into the store that opened at 6:55 a.m.
The store is located near JR Tottori Station.
Meanwhile, local coffeehouse chain Sunaba Coffee, whose name is almost an exact copy of Starbucks’ Japanese nickname, is promising half-off discounts on blend coffee for anyone who comes in with a receipt from “the American coffee shop.” During the campaign from May 23 until May 27, it is also offering a full refund to any customer who says Starbucks’ coffee tastes better than Sunaba’s.© Japan Today/RocketNews24