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Starbucks has signed a deal with Target Stores that will have its ubiquitous coffee shops in every new Target unit that the company opens, usually between 100 and 120 a year.

In addition, Starbucks shops will be put into many of the company’s existing stores as they are remodeled or relocated, which would account for close to 100 or more locations a year.

While financial terms were not disclosed, the deal reportedly has Target operating the units, and Starbucks getting a percentage of sales.
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