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Starbucks offers alcohol in first for Scotland

Starbucks Ed AirportStarbucks has opened its first Scottish outlet to serve alcohol in what will be seen as part of a blurring of the cafe and pubs sector.

With more pubs now serving tea and coffee the US chain has launched Starbucks Evenings at Edinburgh Airport, offering a range of hot and cold sharing plates with premium wines and beers.

The store opened yesterday in the former Costa outlet close to the domestic arrivals area and in a marked change in the menu it will offer tapas-inspired dishes such as chorizo and prawn skewers with chilli ketchup, to truffle mac and cheese, and braised British beef.

Edinburgh Airport is the second Starbucks store in the UK to offer this range to customers, following a successful launch at Stansted Airport earlier this year.

The new store is part of Edinburgh Airport’s £150m five-year development programme which has seen huge investments in retail and food and beverage offerings in the terminal. Up to 20 staff will be working at the new store.

John Watson, chief commercial officer at Edinburgh Airport, said: “We listen to our passengers and work hard to offer brands which reflect the broad customer demographic we serve. Having an iconic global brand such as Starbucks will no doubt be a popular addition to the food and beverage options in the terminal.”

Ian Cranna, vp marketing and category for Starbucks EMEA, said: “Over 10 million people passed through Edinburgh Airport last year and we’re really looking forward to offering these travellers this new range.”

There are no plans to offer spirits as part of Starbucks Evenings. All wine and beer will be served for in-store consumption only.

Starbucks’ move into alcohol follows moves by pub chains to diversify into non-alcoholic products. Wetherspoon has launched a successful move into serving breakfast in its pubs.

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