Starbucks will shut down more than 8,000 of its company-owned locations in the United States on Tuesday, May 29. The coffee chain will conduct a mandatory anti-bias training for 175,000 employees. Every store will close around 2pm (local time), so you'll have to head somewhere else for your afternoon pick me up.
There are about 7,000 franchised Starbucks locations -- including locations in hotels, grocery stores, and big-box retailers, and elsewhere -- which will remain open all day.
Why is Starbucks closing?
Starbucks Chairman and former CEO Howard Schultz issued an open letter in the hours before the training, addressing both customers and employees:
"What will we be doing? More than 175,000 Starbucks partners (that’s what we call our employees) will be sharing life experiences, hearing from others, listening to experts, reflecting on the realities of bias in our society and talking about how all of us create public spaces where everyone feels like they belong -- because they do," Schultz said. "This conversation will continue at our company and become part of how we train all of our partners."