A regular reader of this site recently went on a trip to Russia and toured a number of the Starbucks stores there. The 2013 Starbucks Annual Report says that there are 65 Starbucks stores in Russia. However with recent store openings, currently there are more than 70 Starbucks stores in Russia – in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar, Sochi and Yaroslavl.
It’s my understanding that many of the Starbucks in Russia are mall-based. There are two Starbucks Reserve stores in Russia. All of the stores are a joint business venture with Alshaya. Most of the stores are in Moscow and a few in St. Petersburg and more in Krasnodar, Sochi, Yaroslavl and Rostov-On-Don. One of the Reserves stores is called “Moscow Hotel.” I assume it’s actually in (or near) a hotel. This Reserve store is behind the famous Red Square and full of tourists, so I hear. The photos of this store show of a really unique wall of coffee mugs and saucers! The menu boards are completely in Cyrillic letters, and the reader said that ordering was sometimes a bit of a challenge – few Starbucks Russia baristas speak English.
In September 2007, the first Starbucks in Russia opened up in the shopping center “Mega Khimki” in Moscow. The second store was opened in December, 2007, in the historical center of the city on Arbat street. Starbucks Russia has Starbucks cards which can be registered (and my understanding is that there is some benefit, though I don’t know what) but there is no such thing as a Starbucks Russia “gold card.” I like the St. Petersburg Starbucks card featured here – I need that for my collection! 😉
These are great photos! Hope you enjoy them!