Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Starbucks to close all stores, including those in Dallas, for three hours on evening of February 26
Join hands. We can get through this.
Starbucks announced that it will close 7,100 stores across the country on February 26, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., for a training session of its 135,000 employees.
A spokeswoman said that the training will cover new standards, including creating "the perfect shot", steaming the milk, and the various other ingredients that go into a perfect espresso-based drink.
This is for company-owned stores only; workers at the 4,000 licensed stores (in supermarkets, airports, SuperTarget, etcetera) will be retrained, oh they'll be retrained, but not on the same day.
Other changes since the return of chairman Howard Schultz last month: They're ditching the experimental warmed sandwiches (which Dallas never saw) and switching wireless Internet providers. More changes TBA at the annual company meeting March 19.
Posted by T.G.