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Starbucks expands Teavana in South Korea

Starbucks is expanding Teavana in South Korea, with the number of its premium Reserve-branded coffee houses serving the teas expanded from 13 to 52.

Starbucks in South Korea under fire for free-gift ‘wastage’

A giveaway promotion from Starbucks in South Korea has drawn the ire of critics who allege consumers are buying coffee and dumping it to gain enough points for free goods.

GU South Korea stores closed down, but brand will remain online

Fast Retailing is closing its GU South Korea stores, but will continue selling online in the market, after sales were hit by ongoing anti-Japan protests and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vely Vely picks Indonesian YouTube star to boost Southeast Asian brand cred

Korean cosmetic brand Vely Vely is banking on Indonesian YouTube star “Sunnydahye” to increase brand awareness as it launches into Southeast Asia.

Lotte Shopping speeds up store-exit plan

South Korean retail group Lotte Shopping will sell off 121 stores this year in an attempt to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on sales.

South Korean coffee chains weigh impact of Blue Bottle debut

A year has passed since South Korea’s first Blue Bottle Coffee shop opened in Seoul’s eastern Seongsu neighbourhood: but what impact has the US chain had?

South Korea to introduce disposable cup deposits

South Korea is set to introduce disposable cup deposits at coffee shops and fast-food outlets, starting 2022, in its latest efforts to cut carbon emissions.

Gentle Monster teams with Black Pink’s Jennie in ‘Jentle Home’ pop up

Eyewear retailer Gentle Monster has collaborated with Black Pink’s Jennie to launch ‘Jentle Home’ pop up in Seoul, South Korea.

Korean retailer launches do-not-disturb shopping service

Lotte Department Store, one of South Korea’s country’s major department-store chain operators, will introduce a do-not-disturb shopping service.

AmorePacific buys into Australian luxury skincare brand

South Korean beauty firm AmorePacific has acquired a substantial minority stake in Australian luxury skincare brand Rationale.

South Korea’s Kurly wins funds for expansion

Kurly, a South Korea-based grocery-delivery startup, has netted Series E funding totalling US$160 million, led by DST Global.

Second Starbucks community store opens in South Korea

A second Starbucks community store has opened in South Korea as a “hub for young people and prospective startups to share information about networking and starting their own businesses”.