Starbucks (SBUX) Moving Forward With Plans to Serve Alcohol

Correction in first paragraph to indicate the rollout will affect select stores only.

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Starbucks (SBUX) has confirmed it is moving forward with plans to serve alcohol at more than 1,000 stores nationwide after a successful testing period at select stores. 

"The test is over," CEO Howard Schultz told CNBC, noting that the company would proceed with its plans. 

In late March, COO Troy Alstead told Bloomberg the company had been testing alcohol sales in the evening at thousands of stores and that the results had been positive so far. However, he noted a complete rollout would likely take several years.   

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