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% Arabica continues expansion with first store in South Korea

The Japanese-based boutique coffee group is continuing its expansion across Asia, entering the South Korean market ahead of slated launches in Vietnam and the Philippines

The boutique coffee group currently operates across 19 countries, with 86 stores in Asia | Photo credit: % Arabica



Japanese boutique coffee group % Arabica has made its debut in South Korea with a store in Seoul.

Located at Starfield Library, the store is % Arabica’s 125th location globally following recent first-time launches in Bali and Taiwan in August 2022.

Opening its first store in Kyoto, Japan, in 2014, the boutique coffee group currently operates across 19 countries, with 86 stores in Asia.

According to % Arabica’s website, the group will also soon open stores in Vietnam and the Philippines, as well as Canada, Mexico and Spain.

World Coffee Portal forecasts the South Korean branded coffee shop to exceed 30,000 outlets by 2025. Ediya Coffee is the market leader with approximately 3,500 outlets.  

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