Starbucks Tenant Overview

Net Lease Advisor Tenant Starbucks


  • National investment grade tenant
  • Located in high traffic suburban retail areas and increasingly more common and more preferable urban hub locations
  • Store configuration adaptable to a variety of alternative uses


  • Some are NN leases, holding the landlord responsible for at least roof and structure
  • Uncertainty of future Starbucks contraction
  • Right to cancel option in the lease

Earnings Highlights

Earnings Summary
  • Global comparable store sales increased 10%, primarily driven by a 5% increase in comparable transactions and a 4% increase in average ticket
  • At the end of Q3, stores in the U.S. and China comprised 61% of the company’s global portfolio, with 16,144 and 6,480 stores in the U.S. and China, respectively

Tenant Description

Starbucks is a major retailer of coffee.

From a net lease perspective, it is important to recognize that Starbucks' initial growth and market dominance can be contributed to Starbucks ability to find great real estate locations. As others have pointed out, the Starbucks concept and success is driven as much by real estate as it is by coffee and the Starbucks experience. As a result, Starbucks has not only become the premier retailer of specialty coffee, but Starbucks' retail locations have also become popular net lease investments.

Starbucks typically operates under a 10 year net lease (varies between NN and NNN) with rental increases every five years. With over 35,00ocations i, Starbucks locations can be found in both urban and suburban locations, and their locations take advantage of other traffic generators, typically being positioned on the commuting-side of traffic patterns. The average Starbucks store size varies depending on urban versus suburban location, but the newer free-standing locations range from 1,500 - 2,000 square feet situated on 0.50 - 1.00 acres of land. The prototypical store model offers a drive-thru window and the configuration is adaptable to a variety of alternative uses.

The combination of a strong brand, stable financials, and premier locations makes Starbucks an appealing option for net lease investors.

Starbucks opened in 1971, a single store in Seattle's historic Pike Place Market and grew into a global public company with more than 29,000 retail stores in 78 markets.

Starbucks sells handcrafted coffee, tea and other beverages and a variety of fresh food items, including snack offerings, through company-operated stores. They also sell a variety of coffee and tea products and license their trademarks through other channels such as licensed stores, grocery and foodservice accounts. In addition to their flagship Starbucks Coffee brand, they also sell goods and services under the following brands: Teavana, Tazo, Seattle's Best Coffee, Evolution Fresh, La Boulange and Ethos.

Starbucks has 8,222 company-operated stores and 5,708 licensed stores across the country. Starbucks plans to open an additional 12,000 stores globally by 2021. Starbucks is # 121 on the Fortune 500.

Average Cap Rate
Trailing 12-month average
Average Property & Lease
Average Sale Price $2,713,267
NOI $139,907
$/Square Foot $1091 - $1,818
Building SF 1,500 - 2,500
Lot Size 0.5 - 1.0 Acres
Lease Term 10 Years
Escalations 10% Every 5 Years
Stock Symbol SBUX
Credit Rating
Moody's Baa1
Average Cap Rate Trend
Rates reflect year-over-year comparison
Recent Sales Comps
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