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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): July 29, 2008
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Item 5.02.   Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On July 29, 2008, Starbucks Corporation (“Starbucks” or the “Company”) entered into a Separation Agreement and Release (the “Agreement”) with James C. Alling, the Company’s former president, Starbucks Coffee International. In accordance with the terms of the Agreement, Mr. Alling will receive a lump sum payment equal to twelve months of his base salary, subject to customary tax and other withholdings. The Agreement also provides that: (i) the Company will provide Mr. Alling with a lump sum payment equal to the cost of COBRA continuation coverage under the applicable Starbucks medical, dental and vision programs for a period of twelve months, less applicable withholding taxes, (ii) Mr. Alling’s vested stock options will expire or be exercisable pursuant to the terms and conditions of the applicable plan documents, (iii) Mr. Alling’s participation in all equity compensation, incentive compensation and all other compensation and benefits plans, programs and agreements will terminate effective as of his separation from the Company, (iv) the Company will provide Mr. Alling with twelve months of outplacement services up to a maximum of $14,000, and (v) Mr. Alling is not entitled to any compensation or benefits from and after his separation from the Company, except as provided in the Agreement, the terms of the Starbucks 401(k) Plan or the Management Deferred Compensation Plan. In the Agreement, Mr. Alling also provided a general release of claims against the Company, agreed to certain confidentiality obligations and reaffirmed his obligations under a non-competition agreement with the Company.



     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
Dated: August 4, 2008  By:   /s/ Andrew M. Paalborg    
    Andrew M. Paalborg   
    vice president, assistant general counsel and assistant secretary