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Chain Restaurants: How They Got Their Starts


Original Location: Seattle, Wash.

Fun Facts: In 1971, Starbucks opened its first store in Seattle's Pike Place Market. In 1984, Howard Schultz convinced the founders of Starbucks to test the coffeehouse concept in downtown Seattle, similar to the popular espresso bars in Milan. By 1987, there were 17 stores. That number had jumped to 1,412 by 1997 and by the end of fiscal 2009, that total was up to 16,635.

(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

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