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Starbucks opens first store in Kinmen

KINMEN--Starbucks opened its first store in Kinmen Saturday, establishig the only presence on Taiwan's outlying islands.

The Kinmen store, located in Wind Lion Plaza adjacent to Kinmen Airport, is the 317th outlet of the American coffeehouse chain in Taiwan.

More than one hour before the Kinmen outlet's opening at 9:30 a.m., many coffee lovers had lined up in front of the store, which has a total seating capacity of 76, indoors and outdoors.

Three students from National Quemoy University were among the first customers to enter the new Starbucks and they bought coffee and donuts.

One of the students, surnamed Yu, said he was happy that Starbucks had opened a branch in Kinmen and that he was going to buy a commemorate mug.

Starbucks unveiled three different designs of mugs and take-away cups, featuring Kinmen's architecture, including the Guningtou Battle Museum and the swallow-tail roofs that are a unique Fujian architectural style.

The Kinmen store is also selling a limited number of Kinmen Wind Lion postcards.

Starting noon Saturday, the coffee shop began offering free strawberry frappuccinos to each of its first 100 customers.

Starbucks had opened two stores in Penghu, another of Taiwan's outlying islands, but the outlets were closed shortly after.

The coffee house chain said that it does not rule out the possibility of reopening the two Penghu stores sometime in the future.

On Friday, President Chain Store Corp., which operates the 7-Eleven convenience store chain in Taiwan, opened its 17th outlet in Kinmen, also in Wind Lion Plaza that is run by Taiwan Land Development Corporation.

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