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Hangin' in Xian at the Starbucks...and the Starbucks

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July 10, 2010 – Comments (1)

In terms of positive indicators for the Chinese consumer, it used to be that there was one Starbucks in Xi'an...and it was in the very touristy Bell Tower area. There are now 4(!), and we walked by them all yesterday. This, of course, prompted us to rap (Arlington-style) that we were in Xi'an hanging out at the Starbucks...



And the Starbucks...



And the Starbucks...



Even if we weren't all that fired up to eat Cuttlefish Cheese Bread for breakfast (Hey, at least they're trying to match the local tastes, though RMB 15 for that is expensive relative to food elsewhere in the city)...



Seriously, though, as Snake said in yesterday's video, the consumer in this city is clearly getting wealthier, which while nothing more than a point in time observation, would be a good long-term indicator for the Chinese economy.

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#1) On July 11, 2010 at 8:28 AM, wrldtrvlr (< 20) wrote:

Starbucks is an easy franchise to copy.  It doesn't do too well here in Taiwan.  

 A lot of knockoff coffee franchises, though.

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