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Starbucks delays opening in Russia's second largest city
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Starbucks postponed the opening of its first shop in St. Petersburg, Russia, by two years, The Moscow Times reported.
"We are not disclosing information about the reasons for the delay because of investors' plans," Lia Dovgun told the paper. She is marketing manager of Monaks Trading in Moscow, which is Starbucks' partner for Russia. Monaks is owned by Kuwait-based Alshaya Group, which also operates Starbucks in the Middle East.
The coffee chain will not be part of a St. Petersburg mall project "for political reasons,"
Stanislava Bilen, a representative of Jones Lang LaSalle, which represents a mall where Starbucks was set to open, told the Times.
Starbucks is behind other coffeehouses in Russia, having entered the market late because of a long-running dispute with a Moscow attorney.
Moscow now has 148 Shokoladnitsa cafes, about 190 Coffee House outlets and 32 Starbucks, The Moscow Times reported.
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