Starbucks Denies Its Entry in Pakistan: Official

Recently, rumors started circulating on the internet that Starbucks was poised to make an entry in Pakistan.

Now Dawn is reporting that the reports are false. The paper got in touch with Starbucks’ press management and and found out that the coffee juggernaut has no plans to launch in Pakistan.

The official communication on the matter is as follows:


We should mention that this isn’t the first time such rumors have surfaced but their fate is a familiar one. The latest development should be a welcome one for local coffee shops though, as Pakistanis are notoriously hip and brand conscious when it comes to international chains like Starbucks,

However, one has to wonder at the hesitation of the company to enter the Pakistani market. Coffee shops are big business in Pakistan and they have increasingly started serving as hangout spots whether it’s among university students or working professionals. Their prevalence in urban centers and every major market proves they are a viable and lucrative business.

What might be a stumbling block for Starbucks in Pakistan is the precedent that was set against the company when it lost a copyright case against the parody coffee shop Sattar Buksh. The fear of more replicas and entering a crowded market could be reasons why Starbucks is hesitant to enter Pakistan.

  • ProPakistani Team should also apologize for spreading that rumor. First You Just gave a reference to FHM Pakistan and simply posted all the details without any proof and now posting this. Where’s your apology?

    • Yup thats true. Everyone just wants to break the news these days. Authentication 4 din baad aate hai

    • abi iska b pta ni such ha k jhoot, pta laga 4 din baad phr se khabar ari ha k Dawn ne jhoot bola tha or starbucks waqai ari ha, Internet ka Media TV wale Media se b Ziada Jhoota ha.

    • Absolutely correct. ProPK has bashed several news channels and media outlets for posting false news without verification simply for TRP, and they have done the same. What MUNAFIQAT! xD

  • First when propak confirmed that it’s coming n that was official now they are denying n it’s also official. Humaray masoom experts ney tou coffee cup ka rate comparison bhi shuru kar dia tha. Aur kuch ne tou plan banana bhi shuru kar dia tha jane ka. Aur ab news fake hai?
    Nahi yeh ho kia raha hai?

  • اللہ تعالٰی کا لاکھ لاکھ شکر ہے کہ یہ گھٹیا کمپنی ہماری پاک سرزمین پر نہیں آ رہی. یہ حرام خور کمپنی اسرائیل کو سب سے زیادہ مالی امداد فراہم کرنے والی کمپنیوں میں سے ہے جس پیسے سے ہمارے فلسطینی بہن بھائیوں کو بے دریغ شہید کیا جا رہا ہے، یہی وجہ ہے کہ کہ مغربی ممالک میں مقیم مسلمان اس کمپنی اور اس کی مصنوعات سے نہ صرف گریز کرتے ہیں بلکہ انتہائی نفرت بھی کرتے ہیں. مجھے انتہائی دکھ ہوا تھا جب سنا کہ یہ کمپنی پاکستان آرہی ہے اور کچھ بیوقوف لوگ اس کا بیچینی سے انتظار کر رہے ہیں. ہماری نئی نسل کی اکثریت بہت جاہل ہے اور مغربی برانڈز سے بہت متاثر ہے.

  • What might be a stumbling block for Starbucks in Pakistan is the
    precedent that was set against the company when it lost a copyright case
    against the parody coffee shop Sattar Buksh.

    Total BS. First of all names are not copyrighted, they are trademarked. Second of all, where did they lose case? Which court? Which government trademark office looked into the matter? Third, even if they lost some case, then the court ruling shows that Starbucks is not the same as Sattar Baksh, so under what circumstances can it be a stumbling block? Obviously there is no trademark confusion if they “lost” the case which should in practice allow them to open their own chain without hinderance.

    Or do you think Starbucks the company has hurt feelings for 3 years and that is why they won’t open shop here? Seriously?

    Personally I know (simply from reading Sattar Bukhs’s OWN statements) that they changed their logo in 2013 after Starbucks came after them. So how can anyone claim that Starbucks lost case?

    Man, I don’t get it. For a post about clarifying a rumour, you sure spread a lot of obviously incorrect or unverifyable statements.

    • Lol, welcome to Propakistani. Where all the so-called “journalists” are conscienceless incompetents.

    • exactly. if starbucks has copyright issues in pakistan, the best way to solve them is to enter the market itself

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