Starbucks to close outlets in Canada for racial bias training

Marco Green
June 12, 2018

On June 11, Starbucks Canada will be shutting 1,100 locations across the country for inclusiveness training at 2:30 p.m. local time.

The move came after a Starbucks employee in Philadelphia called police after two black men sat down at a table in a Starbucks store without ordering anything.

Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson sued Starbucks and reached an out-of-court settlement where the coffee chain agree to create a $200,000 grant for entrepreneurs.

Starbucks then closed its 8,000 locations in the USA on May 29 to conduct racial bias training.

Starbucks will close all of its company-operated Canadian stores for a portion of Monday for unconscious bias training. "The first was 10 years ago when we closed our stores to ideal our espresso". The men refused to leave the store, and they were arrested.

"We must never be complacent in our desire to be inclusive and to live our Mission and Values in every community we serve", Starbucks Canada President Michael Conway wrote in an open letter May 4.

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