Starbucks will soon open their 1,000 store in Japan, a milestone that is important to CEO Howard Shultz. According to an article on Chain Store Age, Shultz was recently at the opening of their newest Starbucks Meguro store, inspired by the traditional Japanese service spirit.
From the article:
The design of the Meguro takes its queues from traditional tea houses, as well as modern craftsmanship and translucent elements that allow consistent interactivity between customers and partners. Parts of a green garden and local contemporary art are also featured in the store. These elements provide another point of connection with the local community
Starbucks is on track to open its 1,000th store in Japan this summer. The country was Starbucks first international market outside of North America.