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Starbucks to open 'tea bar' in New York City

Thursday, October 24, 2013
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Starbucks is trying to make tea trendy, with plans to open its first "tea bar" in New York City.

The Seattle-based company says Teavana Fine Teas + Teavana Tea Bar will serve sweets and other foods including flatbreads and salads ranging in price from about $3 to $15. Drinks will include novelties such as a Spiced Mandarin Oolong tea, according to a preliminary menu.

The opening of the store on Thursday comes after Starbucks last year bought Teavana, a chain of about 300 stores, mostly in shopping malls.

Starbucks says it plans make tea a bigger part of American culture, as it has with coffee.

Starbucks Corp. has been on a strong financial run, boosting its profits by raising prices, revamping food offerings and adding items such as pricey bottled juices.

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