After moving its Portland Tazo tea operations to Washington state, Starbucks is planning to open its first tea shop this fall.
The Seattle-based cafe chain says the store will open near its headquarters and will include a tea bar where customers can blend their own tea mixes with the help of a store worker the company is calling a "tea partner."
Portland entrepreneur Steve Smith founded Tazo Tea Co. 18 years ago and built it into a global brand, buying ingredients worldwide and marketing quirky, whimsical blends. Starbucks bought the company in 1999 for a reported $9.1 million.
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