07.11.2012

Starbucks opens second store at Helsinki Airport

Coffee is considered the national drink in Finland.

Starbucks Coffee Company opened its second store in Finland at the Helsinki Airport on 12 October. The store is located in the gate area 32-40 in Terminal 2. The first Starbucks store in Finland opened in May this year and is also located also in Terminal 2, Arrivals Hall 2B, where all airport visitors have free access.

According to Arjan Oudejans, Director of Licensed Stores at Starbucks Coffee Company EMEA, the expansion at Helsinki Airport is consistent with the company’s European growth strategy to open stores where its customers want and expect them to be. The first Starbucks coffeehouses in Finland are operated by SSP.

Finns are big coffee drinkers

“Ever since we opened our first store in Finland, we have received a warm welcome from our customers. We are excited to open our second store and meet the increasing demand of the Finns for premium coffee,” says Arjan Oudejans, Director of Licensed Stores at Starbucks Coffee Company EMEA.

Finns have been coffee drinkers for more than 250 years, and today coffee is considered the national drink. Finns have the world’s highest per capita consumption – about five cups of coffee a day, according to Starbucks. According to Starbucks, the stores at Helsinki Airport boast a comprehensive product offering, including 100% Fairtrade Certified espresso-based drinks, freshly-brewed coffees, teas and specialty beverages such as Frappuccinos.

Sources: Starbucks, Helsinki Airport