| On the afternoon of June 8, 2018, Liu Xin, director of Sichuan Provincial Department of Commerce, met with Gong Ming, director of Public Affairs Department (Central and Western Region), Starbucks Enterprise Management (China) Co. Ltd., at the Sichuan Provincial Department of Commerce. The two sides exchanged views on Starbucks’ current development in Sichuan and its next step to be planned.
According to Mr. Gong Ming, Chengdu has become the fifth city in China for Starbucks to expand dramatically, ranking after Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. By the end of May 2018, Starbucks had opened 137 stores in Sichuan. Its next step is to continuously increase the number of stores in second-tier cities in Sichuan.
Director Liu Xin expressed his hope that Starbucks should seize the opportunity of upgrading consumption in Sichuan and increase investment accordingly. Besides, the Sichuan Provincial Department of Commerce will continue to support Starbucks' development.