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BARNES & NOBLE, INC. AND STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY JOIN FORCES FOR A PARTNERSHIP THAT'S SURE TO BE A CLASSIC

 SEATTLE, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Starbucks Coffee Company NASDAQ: SBUX) announced today an agreement with Barnes & Noble to become the mutually exclusive coffee supplier for the national bookstore retailer. This move was made to provide a consistent, quality cup of coffee for readers to enjoy while perusing the latest best-sellers.
 Barnes & Noble bookstores will serve Starbucks Coffee in each of the 36 existing and future cafe locations. The Barnes & Noble cafes will proudly feature Starbucks House Blend and Decaf House Blend for drip coffee beverages, and Espresso Roast and Decaf Dark Roast for espresso drink beverages. Throughout the course of the next four months, cafe staff will receive comprehensive, customized coffee training from Starbucks' Specialty Sales and Marketing coffee experts.
 Starbucks Coffee will also own and operate stores with common access to Barnes & Noble bookstores. The Starbucks stores will able managed and staffed by company employees and will be part of the Seattle-based coffee company's retail operations. The first of its kind will open Sept. 11 in Bellevue, Wash.
 Leonard Riggio, Chairman of Barnes & Noble, Inc., believes the time is right to introduce Starbucks Coffee to their customers. "We're bringing Starbucks on board to provide great tasting coffee," says Riggio. "We want to ensure that our customers enjoy a satisfying shopping experience."
 Howard Schultz, chairman and CEO of Starbucks Coffee Co., agrees "this new relationship will add tremendous value to both our companys' customers."
 Starbucks Coffee Company is the leading specialty coffee roaster/retailer in North America. To order Starbucks by mail, call 1-800-445-3428. To receive a free catalogue, call or write: Starbucks Coffee Company, 2203 Airport Way South, Seattle, WA 98134.
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 /CONTACT: Steven Riggio of Barnes & Noble, 212-633-3444; or Laura Moix of Starbucks Coffee, 206-447-1575/
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