The Russian coffee chain, which opened its first store in the country in Moscow last month, has continued its domestic expansion in St. Petersburg and identified Armenia as its first international market
Stars Coffee has international interest from Asia, the Middle East and Europe | Photo credit: Pinskiy&Co
Recently-launched Russian coffee chain Stars Coffee has announced plans for expansion into international markets, with its first store outside of Russia expected to open in Armenia.
Russian news agency TASS reported that Stars Coffee has approximately 20 international locations in the pipeline, following interest in the brand in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
The company’s owners, rapper Timati and businessman Anton Pinskiy, revealed Armenia as its likely first overseas location during a press conference to mark the opening of Stars Coffee outlets in St. Petersburg.
Timati and Pinskiy became co-owners of Starbucks’ 130 former sites in Russia in July 2022. The first Stars Coffee outlet opened in Moscow in August 2022, with a targeted 100 stores slated to open by the end of this month.
Having announced the suspension of its business in Russia in March, Seattle-based Starbucks formally withdrew from the country in May 2022 following the ongoing war in Ukraine.