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Annual Meeting of Shareholders

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General Information

Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. (Pacific Time) - Doors open at 8:00 a.m. (Pacific Time)
Place: Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center, 321 Mercer Street, Seattle, Washington 98109

Please Note:

  • As always, we anticipate a large number of attendees at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders and cannot guarantee seating. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis.
  • Shareholders may also log onto a live webcast of the meeting; please see details on our Investor Relations website at
  • Due to the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Mercer Corridor projects, there is significant construction in the area around McCaw Hall, which may impact traffic and parking options.

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to the meeting you will be required to present a government-issued photo identification (such as a driver’s license or passport) and valid proof of ownership, meaning one of the following:

  • Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials;
  • Proxy Card;
  • Voting Information Form;
  • Legal proxy provided by your bank, broker, or nominee;
  • Email notice of the Annual Meeting (if you received notice that way); or
  • Other proof of share ownership (such as your brokerage statement) as of the January 14, 2016 record date.
  • Shareholders holding shares in a joint account may be admitted to the meeting if they provide proof of joint ownership and both shareholders follow the admission requirements described above. We will not be able to accommodate non-shareholder guests at the annual meeting.


  • To elect twelve directors nominated by the board of directors to serve until the 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders;
  • To approve an advisory resolution on our executive compensation;
  • To approve an amendment and restatement of the Executive Management Bonus Plan;
  • To ratify the selection of Deloitte & Touche LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending October 2, 2016;
  • To consider two shareholder proposals described in the proxy statement, if properly presented at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders; and
  • To transact such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting of Shareholders.


Mercer Street Garage (650 3rd Avenue North):

  • Parking is available at the Mercer Street Garage, conveniently located across the street from McCaw Hall. A covered skybridge provides easy access between level C of the garage and McCaw Hall. For more information on local transportation to the Annual Meeting of Shareholders, please visit
  • Please also note that Starbucks is committed to providing an accessible experience. If you have a disability accommodation request, please contact us at 206-318-7118 or email by March 2, 2016. The event will be interpreted in American Sign Language and complimentary assistive listening devices and wheelchairs will be available. McCaw Hall is an accessible building with wheelchair seating, disability parking and accessible restrooms