Starbucks chairman, CEO and president Howard Schultz unveiled a raft of plans to support the coffee chain’s growth, at its latest annual general meeting.Schultz outlined the firm’s strategy for long-term growth and said he expected a record free cash flow of $500m in 2009, achieved through “structural expense reduction”.Troy Alstead, executive vice-president, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer, outlined the firm’s two-pronged approach, focusing attention on increasing profits in existing stores, as well as making strategic investments in key initiatives, such as its entry into the instant coffee market earlier this month.
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The legendary Beatle himself, Sir Paul McCartney, has revealed plans for an exciting “One On One” tour. With ten dates on the books and the promise of more to come, McCartney continues to outdo himself and put on live performances like none other.A press release explains that the new tour “promises to unveil a dazzling re-designed set, dozens of classics from the most beloved catalog in popular music, spanning Paul’s entire career – as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle – and no shortage of surprises.” The tour kicks off with McCartney’s debut performance in Fresno, CA, and features stops in Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Little Rock, and Sioux Falls. From there, McCartney will head to Germany, the country where the Beatles made their first claims at fame.The announcement also clearly indicates that these are the “first dates,” meaning there are plenty more to come. McCartney is a prolific performer, so we’re sure more dates will be added in the coming days. You can see the announced dates below, and head to McCartney’s website for more information. Tickets for all shows go on sale tomorrow, March 10th.Paul McCartney “One on One” Initial Tour DatesNORTH AMERICA:13th April: SaveMart Arena – Fresno, CA15th April: Moda Center – Portland, OR17th April: Key Arena- Seattle, WA19th April: Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC20th April: Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC30th April: Verizon Arena – Little Rock, AR02nd May: Denny Sanford Premier Center – Sioux Falls, SD GERMANY:28th May: Esprit Arena – Dusseldorf10th June: Olympic Stadium – Munich14th June: Waldbuhne – Berlin