Starbucks to close six Los Angeles stores, citing safety concerns

Starbucks plans to close six stores in Los Angeles and 10 other locations in other major cities due to safety issues including drug use and threatening behavior, the company said.

The Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal have reported that in addition to the store closures in Los Angeles, six stores in the company’s hometown of Seattle are expected to close, along with two stores in Portland, Ore, and one more. stores in Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

One of the Los Angeles stores scheduled to close is a Hollywood and Vine location, the Journal reported.

Starbucks did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Times.

Staff members at the Hollywood location declined to speak to The Times.

Two of the stores in Seattle voted to merge, and one of the Portland locations petitioned to hold a union vote, the Associated Press reported.

Starbucks officials have said the closure is not related to consolidation efforts.

“Store openings and closings are part of our business. This is really rooted in safe and friendly stores,” a company official told The Associated Press.

Starbucks said employees will be able to move to other locations, the Associated Press reported.

The closure announcement came as the company’s superiors addressed employee safety issues in its stores.

“You are witnessing first-hand the challenges our communities face – personal safety, racism, lack of access to healthcare, the growing mental health crisis. increased, drug use increased, etc,” senior vice presidents of US operations Debbie Stroud and Denise Nelson said in a letter to employees. “With stores in thousands of communities across the country, we know that these challenges can sometimes occur in our stores as well. We read every crash report you submit – a lot. “

Stroud and Nelson said the company would implement a long list of measures, including training in de-escalation, active shooting situations, mental health and first aid, and closing defenses birth and even entire locations.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-07-12/starbucks-to-close-six-los-angeles-stores-10-others-around-country-due-to-safety-issues Starbucks to close six Los Angeles stores, citing safety concerns

Edmund DeMarche

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