These 16 U.S. Starbucks locations will be closed soon
Sixteen of Starbucks’ current stores will be closing.
As reported by The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, the company has declared that by the end of July, its cafes in Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Oregon, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. would permanently close due to safety concerns.
According to a statement provided to Insider, “After careful consideration, we are closing some stores in locations that have experienced a high volume of challenging incidents that make it unsafe to continue to operate, to open new locations with safer conditions,”
They added, “We look forward to continuing to serve these local communities and encourage our customers to visit us at our other stores in these areas, which can be found on the Starbucks App or Starbucks Store Locator.”
The full list of closures, is as follows:
- Santa Monica & Westmount, West Hollywood, California
- Hollywood & Western, Los Angeles, California
- 1st & Los Angeles (Doubletree), Los Angeles, California
- Hollywood & Vine, Hollywood, California
- Ocean Front Walk & Moss, Santa Monica, California
- 2nd & San Pedro, Los Angeles, California
- 10th & Chestnut, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- 4th & Morrison, Portland, Oregon
- Gateway, Portland, Oregon
- 23rd & Jackson, Seattle, Washington
- Roosevelt Square, Seattle, Washington
- E. Olive Way, Seattle, Washington
- 505 Union Stn, Seattle, Washington
- Westlake Center, Seattle, Washington
- Hwy 99 & Airport Rd, Everett, Washington
- Union Station Train Concourse, Washington, DC
Starbucks made the move after events involving drug usage by customers and the public at certain of its shops.
Debbie Stroud and Denise Nelson, vice presidents of U.S. operations for Starbucks, expressed the company’s commitment to creating a safe environment for its customers and staff in an open letter.
The letter stated, “We read every incident report you file – it’s a lot,” We would like you to know that establishing a kind, inclusive, and secure community is our top focus.
In the letter, the company outlined the programmes and benefits it offers “to ensure you feel more supported and empowered” such as “robust safety trainings for all partners” and the option to make adjustments to business as necessary, such as “closing a restroom, or even closing a store permanently, where safety in the third place is no longer possible.” It also mentioned that among other benefits, there are ones that can “support your mental health” and “help create emotional and financial safety”
A public letter from CEO Howard Schultz to the company’s partners was also released on Monday, in which he emphasised the “need to reinvent Starbucks for the future.”
Five “Bold Moves” are included in the plan to “re-envision how we bring our mission to life; renew the well-being of retail partners by radically improving their experience; reimagine our store experience for greater connection, ease, and a planet positive impact; reconnect with our customers by delivering memorable and personalised moments; and redesign partnership by creating new ways to thrive together.”
The “safety, welcoming and kindness” of the establishments was another topic covered in the letter.
“In a world that is increasingly isolating and often divided, we can operate in a way that knits together the fabric of our neighborhoods. We can expect to protect each other, respect and include each other, and work together to create the kind of safe and welcoming environment we need at work,” The letter stated.