September 25, 2020
The Starbucks coffee chain in Malaysia is operated by Berjaya Starbucks Coffee Company Sdn Bhd, which is part of listed Berjaya Food Berhad. Berjaya Food is part of the Berjaya Group which is founded by Tan Sri Vincent Tan Chee Yioun. Starbucks was not a franchise but a partnership between the Berjaya Group and Starbucks Coffee International Inc on a 50:50 basis when the first Starbucks was opened in KL Plaza in Kuala Lumpur on 17 December 1998. On 18 September 2014 Berjaya Food acquired the 50% stake of Starbucks Coffee International for RM279.52 million (US$88 million). So Starbucks Malaysia is now 100% operated by Berjaya Food.
As of June 2019 there are 291 stores nationwide. A Starbucks drive-thru concept store was launched in December 2009 in Johor Bahru. There are now 46 Starbucks drive-thru concept stores across Malaysia. In 2015 Starbucks opened the first Starbucks Reserve concept store as part of its commitment to push the premium coffee experience even further through the retail of some of the world’s most exceptional beans and an immersive coffeehouse experience. As of 30 June 2019, there are 10 Starbucks Reserve stores in Malaysia. There are 4 Starbucks stores in Brunei Darussalam.
- Berjaya Food Berhad. Annual report 2019. https://www.berjaya.com/berjaya-food/assets/images/annual-reports/bfood19.pdf
- The Malaysian Reserve. 4 February 2019. Shazni Ong. Starbucks Malaysia to open more premium coffee stores this year. www.themalaysianreserve.com
- Food Business News. 26 June 2013. Eric Schroeder. Starbucks makes move in Malaysia. https://www.foodbusinessnews.net/articles/2503-starbucks-makes-move-in-malaysia