Just when there seems to be a Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) on every corner, the Seattle-based company has decided to launch 15 Seattle's Best drive-thrus across the U.S., starting in Dallas.

But why now? Expectations for Starbucks are high. In addition, the company currently trades for a P/E of 31, and the China opportunity may not be enough to satiate investors.

Get the scoop on why Starbucks launched these drive-thrus and catapulted itself into competition with McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) and Panera Bread (NASDAQ:PNRA.DL)

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