Starbucks plans to add beer and wine to its menu at a test store, USA Today reported Friday.
The chain add the new items to one of its Seattle stores which will open next week. The store will have a different look than the typical and also different name: 15th Ave. Coffee and Tea inspired by Starbucks, the paper noted.
The chain plans to open two more similar stores in the city and if the concept works, it could be tested in other cities, Major Cohen, senior project manager at Starbucks told the paper.
Starbucks, will sell six kinds of beers and wines. A bottle of beer or a glass of wine will sell for $4 to $7 Cohen told USA Today. The alcohol will not sell to go.
The world's largest coffeehouse chain will report results from its fiscal third quarter ended June next Tuesday but analysts expect its same store sales to remain negative. The company has been battered by the economic downturn by having to shut stores and lay off workers.