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Starbucks stores to close the afternoon of May 29 for racial-bias education

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Starbucks stores to close the afternoon of May 29 for racial-bias education

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Starbucks in downtown Decatur. Source, Google Streetview.

Starbucks has announced that it will close 8,000 company-owned stores on the afternoon of May 29 for “racial-bias education.”

The closure is a response to the recent arrest of two black men sitting at a Starbucks in Philadelphia. They had not bought anything and were meeting someone at the store. The arrests prompted calls for a boycott of the company and an apology from the company’s CEO.

The Starbucks at Suburban Plaza will close, an employee said. An employee at the store in downtown Decatur said that most Starbucks stores that are not inside of another business, like a grocery store, are corporate owned. He did not know if his store would participate in the training, but that seems likely since it is corporately owned.

A Starbucks spokesperson declined to tell Decaturish which local stores would receive the training. The spokesperson claimed the company doesn’t track which of its stores are owned by the company.

“Starbucks will be closing more than 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States on May 29,” the spokesperson said. “There are about 179 company owned stores in the state of Georgia.  Unfortunately, we do not break out store count by city or metro area nor do we have a list of particular stores. Appreciate your understanding.”

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