Based in Seattle, Washington, Starbucks was founded in 1971 and operates internationally as a coffeehouse chain. Starbucks is the largest coffeehouse in the world with 17,009 locations in 55 countries. There are 11,000 locations in the United States. Starbucks specializes in all types of coffee retail and even sells other food and beverages typical for a cafe. The company expanded rapidly throughout the 1990s, opening a new store every business day. Currently, Starbucks hires new associates every year to work in its coffee house in foodservice and administrative positions.
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