SHANGHAI — He Junwei traveled about 100 miles on a high-speed train to wait an hour for a cup of coffee.
Mr. He was one of hundreds of Chinese caffeine fiends gathered to visit what essentially serves as a tribute built by Starbucks in their honor. The American company on Wednesday opened its largest store in the world in Shanghai, a 29,000-square-foot sanctuary staffed by 400 employees.
The giant cafe represents the big bet it has placed on a country that until only recently much preferred tea. Starbucks has opened more than 3,000 stores in the country and plans to have 5,000 in four years.
The company said it opens a store in the country at a rate of one every 15 hours.
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