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Thursday, October 05, 2006

The New York Yankees Will Win The 2020 World Series, And Starbuck's Will Have 40,000 Stores

Starbuck's today said that it will eventually have 40,000 stores worldwide, not the 30,000 previously forecast.

Now, Starbuck's has 12,000 stores today, so the statement is wild speculation on the face of it.

Suppose doctor's find out that coffee causes cancer, or that people who drink coffee cause 90% of all car accidents.

Suppose China bars Starbuck's because the company does not use Chinese coffee beans? Or, suppose that McDonalds goes into the business of having high-end coffee stores in their restaurants.

Of course, Wal-Mart may end up with 100,000 stores or Home Depot may end up with 50,000. Sears could add 30,000 stores in the next decade.

But, they aren't predicting it.

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