Greater Seattle companies take on Canada, UK markets

A couple of Greater Seattle companies are tackling new markets overseas – Seattle’s Best Coffee is partnering with retailers in the United Kingdom to serve its coffee while Nordstrom is set to open six stores in Canada over the next three years.

Seattle’s Best, a wholly owned subsidiary of Starbucks, will have its coffee products served to customers at KFC, Kiddicare, and Asda in the UK. Only at a select few cafes currently, the goal is to have Seattle’s best available at more than a 100 stores in the UK by the end of the year. In a statement, Starbucks EMEA foodservice director, Simon Hillier, noted “We chose to launch Seattleā€™s Best Coffee in the UK because we know Brits love their coffee and we want to bring over 40 years of coffee heritage and expertise to great retailers, who we have not yet had an opportunity to partner with.”

Nordstrom’s is eager to engage with Canada, our northern friend that is enjoying a healthy, growing economy – aka more people with spending money. The first full-line Canadian store will open in Calgary in September, followed by openings in Ottawa, Vancouver, and three in Toronto. Nordstrom CEO, Blake Nordstrom, told shareholders on Wednesday that “If we do this right, Canada should be a very meaningful part of the company.” The stores will be opened one at a time with enough time in between each opening to prepare for and manage the market transition.


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