Starbucks breaks ground for new store in Birmingham to support local economic development in Alabama

Starbucks breaks ground for new store in Birmingham to support local economic development in Alabama

 

Seattle, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — A Starbucks initiative to support local economic development in lower income communities expanded today (January 11) with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new store in Birmingham, Alabama.

The event, attended by Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell Sr. and representatives from Starbucks and other commercial retailers, took place in the city’s Five Points West area, a once-flourishing working-class community that’s experienced decades of decline. The Starbucks location, which is slated to open in the fall, will be part of a commercial corridor at Highway 11 and Avenue W. The $46 million Birmingham CrossPlex sports facility, which opened in 2011, anchors the city’s revitalization efforts in the historic African-American neighborhood.

Starbucks has opened four similar stores with classroom and training spaces as part of an effort to support local economic development in Ferguson, Missouri; Phoenix, Arizona; the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, New York; and the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago’s Southside. These stores create meaningful jobs, provide in-store job-skills training programs for youth and invest in local minority-owned contractors and suppliers. Starbucks plans to expand the national initiative to four other communities in 2017, including neighborhoods in the Baltimore; Long Beach, California; Miami; and Seattle areas.

“Starbucks partnership with the City of Birmingham goes far beyond the norm,” said Mayor Bell (pictured above). “With this new investment in the Five-Points West district, Birmingham will continue its momentum on making innovation a key priority in 2017 and provide yet another example of how transformative a commercial project can be for a community. Starbucks is a very socially engaging company that, with the leadership fundamentals and the management training skills provided to local residents, will continue to build its brand throughout all areas of Birmingham.”

An Emphasis on Community Engagement

Starbucks strives to identify communities that have large opportunity gaps and a need for business engagement and investment, as well as the foundations for commercial success, according to Rodney Hines, Starbucks director of Community Investments for U.S. Retail Operations.

“We considered the impact Starbucks can have in this community, and whether it is a viable site in terms of driving business for us and being profitable,” Hines said. “It’s the convergence of those two considerations – community impact and impact on business – that led to this site being right for us. It’s a residential community with a commercial corridor and a significant civic building – the Birmingham CrossPlex sports facility – that’s there for the county and the city.”

Hines said the Birmingham store, like predecessors in Ferguson, Phoenix, Chicago and Jamaica Queens, will strive to “bring the community to life” with local hires, homegrown artwork and a training space for opportunity youth – young people ages 16-24 who are not in school or employed. A search for a nonprofit partner and locally based store manager is already underway.

“Starting with the groundbreaking and leading up to the opening, we meet and build relations with civic and community leaders, including members of the police force, so that there’s a great foundation that welcomes us in the community,” Hines said.

Jennifer Hicks, Starbucks regional director of operations, expects the store to be embraced by local residents.

“There are not a lot of places to connect in the Five Points neighborhood of Birmingham,” she said. “The thing that’s important is the community aspect that Starbucks brings. We’ve heard residents are looking forward to having that in the neighborhood.”

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Starbucks opens its first store in Englewood in the South Side of Chicago

Starbucks opens its first store in Englewood in the South Side of Chicago
Starbucks opens its first store in Englewood in the South Side of Chicago

 

CHICAGO, 2016-Sep-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) today (September 28, 2016) opened its first store in Englewood in the South Side of Chicago at 63rd and Halsted. The store is part of Starbucks nationwide initiative to support local economic development in at least 15 diverse, low- to- medium-income communities by 2018. Three such locations have already opened in Ferguson, Phoenix and the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, NY. Similar to those stores, the new location in Englewood will support efforts to revitalize the community by creating meaningful local jobs, providing a unique in-store job skills training program for youth, and investing in local minority-owned contractors and suppliers. Starbucks also announced plans to expand the national initiative to five new communities in 2017, including neighborhoods in the Baltimore, Birmingham, Long Beach, CA, Miami, and Seattle areas.

“While communities like Englewood have been plagued by crime, poverty, and a severe lack of opportunity, there is in fact a long-term movement underway to revitalize these neighborhoods and return the story to one of hope, resilience and progress,” said Rodney Hines, director for community investments for Starbucks U.S. Retail Operations. “Our goal with this initiative is to show that when the private and public sectors come together to drive meaningful investment, we can create new jobs and economic opportunities that have the potential to reverberate for generations to come. Opening in Englewood is not just an opportunity to grow our business, but to be part of a local solution for social change.”

For Starbucks, the new store in Englewood and others like it form a key part of the company’s long-term commitment to connect opportunity youth – 16-24 year olds who are out of work and school – to jobs. Nationally, 1 in 7 young people are disconnected from the economy, a challenge that is exponentially worse in low-income communities, particularly among people of color. In Englewood, where an estimated 72% of people ages 20-24 are unemployed[1], Starbucks plans to work with local community groups and civic leaders to provide a pathway to opportunity for its local partners (employees) through training and development, career options, and industry-leading benefits that include the opportunity to get an online, tuition-free bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan.

Starbucks will also work with Teamwork Englewood, a non-profit that brings community services together, to provide a multi-week job skills training program for local youth – based on Starbucks own world-class customer service training curriculum for new hires – in a specially-designed classroom space located within the store. In addition to this training program, Starbucks will work with the community to leverage existing programs that help connect young people with internships, apprenticeships and jobs, and foster the type of dialogue and engagement needed for continued social change.

“Many in the Englewood community believe that our neighborhood is on the rise again,” said Perry Gunn, Executive Director for Teamwork Englewood. “A journey of renewal has begun as investment is returning to the neighborhood.  Yet, one issue that remains a major concern for Englewood is employment. Fortunately, something can be done to change this dismal plight as many of our youth and young adults are seeking training opportunities to prepare them for the world of work. Starbucks in-store training program will serve as an opportunity to set many of our young people up for their first jobs.”

As part of its commitment to investing in the community and partnering with women- and minority-owned businesses, Starbucks is also working with Rachel Bernier-Green, owner of Laine’s Bake Shop, to supply a Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownie to the store in Englewood. In addition, the business is supplying baked goods to the nearby Whole Foods, which also opened today in Englewood Square. Bernier-Green, who works with her husband to operate Laine’s Bake Shop, has also started an internship program at her shop that provides job skills for young people and teaches them the basics of baking. Starbucks is working with similar businesses in Phoenix and Ferguson, including Sassy Cakes by Nina and Natalie’s Cakes and More.  Starbucks also worked with Ujamaa Construction Inc., a minority owned general contracting and construction management services company in Chicago’s South Side, for the development of the store’s site at Englewood Square.

In addition, to investing in communities like Englewood and Ferguson, among others, Starbucks is a key driver of the “100,000 Opportunities Initiative” –  the nation’s largest employer-led coalition dedicated to connecting America’s opportunity youth to jobs. This summer the coalition announced it had already hired 100,000 young people two years ahead of schedule, and is now working to hire 1 million opportunity youth over the next three years. Following the coalition’s launch in Chicago last summer, Thrive Chicago, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative’s local partner organization in Chicago, has hosted two additional job fairs for young people living in Englewood and other communities in the south side of Chicago. Among those hired through the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is Hagar Johnson. Since joining Starbucks in August 2015, Johnson has been promoted to shift supervisor, and was recently recruited to join the new team in Englewood as a shift supervisor. She is one of 26 partners working at the new location.

Starbucks Expands its Local Economic Development Initiative to Five New Cities in 2017
Starbucks announced plans to open similar stores in five additional communities, including Baltimore (Dunbar Broadway), Birmingham (Hwy 11 & W Street), Long Beach, CA, the Miami metropolitan area, and White Center in the Greater Seattle Area. The first of these stores is set to open in early 2017 in Baltimore, MD, where Starbucks has been working with local community, civic and business leaders with the collective goal of addressing the opportunity gap facing the city’s young men and women.

“We’ve heard young people share how they didn’t even know about a particular career path,” said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “So many young people, particularly those in low-income, diverse communities, are limited by what they see in their home and their neighborhoods. These types of training opportunities are such a great way to introduce young people to the workplace and get them ready for that first job. I applaud Starbucks for bringing this unique store concept to our city, and helping connect Baltimore’s young people to our local economy.”

To determine which communities are a good fit for the initiative, Starbucks looks at all the available data on the socio-economic health of America’s cities to understand which communities have the biggest opportunity gaps, which have the biggest need for business investment and leadership, and where there is local movement underway to build a better future for its residents. Starbucks plans to accelerate the development of these stores over the next two years with the goal of opening in at least 15 cities by the end of 2018.

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Starbucks unveiled its first store in Ferguson, Missouri

FERGUSON, MO, 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) today unveiled its first store in Ferguson, Missouri as part of a national plan to provide local jobs, create training opportunities for youth, and support efforts to rebuild and revitalize communities.  Starbucks plans to open similar stores in at least 15 low- to medium-income communities across the U.S. by 2018. With an estimated 5.5 million young Americans not in school or at work, the majority of whom live in some of the country’s most diverse, yet undeserved communities, Starbucks aims to make a long-term impact by opening stores that will help provide a tangible boost to the local economy and bring meaningful jobs.

“We’ve long considered how we can help deliver social impact in ways that drive our business forward,” said Rodney Hines, Starbucks director of Community Investments for U.S. Retail Operations. “We have always seen investments in the communities where Starbucks partners live and serve as investments in our business and brand. As we got to know the Ferguson community over the last year, we heard incredible stories of strength, empathy and understanding. We also heard loud and clear the need for business leadership and investment in the form of new jobs and training opportunities, particularly for young people. That’s why we are proud to be here with the community as we prepare to open our doors. Together, we want to help demonstrate that coming to a city like Ferguson is not just good for the community, but good for business too.”

Nationally, 1 in 7 young adults does not work or attend school[1], a challenge that is compounded in low- to medium-income communities like Ferguson, particularly among young people of color. In the St. Louis region, 14% of young people ages 16-24 – an estimated 48,000 young men and women – are disconnected from jobs and educational opportunities[2] and nearly half of all young African American men in the area are unemployed, compared with 16% for young Caucasian men. In addition to creating new local jobs, Starbucks will work with nonprofit partners like the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis to provide a robust, multi-week job skills training program for local youth, using a specially-designed classroom space within the store. Starbucks hopes to work alongside community partners like the Urban League to help address some of the systemic barriers facing young people in the Ferguson area.

“Ferguson was an awakening for all of us to really take a hard look in the mirror, and try to turn what was a tragedy into a triumph,” said Michael McMillan, President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, one of Starbucks key community partners in the initiative. “We saw people from all over the country wanting to be involved in our community, and to give back and help. Yet, the number one thing we heard from young people in Ferguson is ‘we need jobs.’ So we need to engage these youth and we need to figure out how we can help them to get what they need to be productive citizens. The work will take years to complete. This is both a sprint and a marathon for our community, and we urgently need other businesses like Starbucks to join us.”

“Ferguson is grateful to Starbucks for recognizing the strength and resilience of our community by choosing to invest here,” said Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III. “The City of Ferguson and the greater North County region have both obstacles to overcome, but also great potential.  Starbucks has shown their commitment to this region by helping our young people with much needed job training, as well as their commitment to the greater business community by partnering with local entrepreneurs to deliver great services and products to our citizens.  We are excited to welcome Starbucks into the community and look forward to a long and lasting community partnership.”

New Jobs, New Opportunities

The Starbucks store, featuring both a café and drive-thru at West Florissant & Somerset in Ferguson, has hired 30 partners (employees), many of whom are from the Ferguson or greater St. Louis areas, including store manager Cordell Lewis. Hiring locally is an important part of the company’s strategy to support economic development and build stronger connections with the community. With benefits like full health care coverage and equity in the form of stock for both part-time and full-time partners, as well as the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, which gives partners the opportunity to get a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University with full tuition reimbursement, Starbucks will provide Ferguson partners with the same opportunities available to partners across the country.

“I was in essence the ‘opportunity youth’ we are trying to help,” said Lewis, who has already enrolled in online classes at Arizona State University through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan. “I come from a single-parent family and was lucky to have a coach who saw a spark in me when I was a high school athlete. That helped me turn my life around. Starbucks opening in this community means the company also sees what Ferguson can become. It has its challenges, and we have to have those conversations, but we also have so many young men and women with a lot to offer, including our new team of partners. My goal is to be their coach, to listen, and to help drive their passions. That’s the type of leader I want to be – for my team and for our community.”

As part of its commitment to investing in the community, Starbucks is also working with Natalie DuBose, owner of Ferguson bakery Natalie’s Cakes & More which suffered extensive damage following the rioting in 2014. In considering ways to invest in the local community, Starbucks is now selling DuBose’s signature caramel cakes at more than 30 St. Louis-area locations and will feature the product in the new store in Ferguson. As a result, DuBose’s workforce has grown from three to more than 20, double what it was when Starbucks broke ground on the Ferguson location in November 2015. DuBose is also heavily involved in the community, speaking regularly about entrepreneurship at local high schools, hiring locally, and sourcing ingredients locally whenever possible. Starbucks also worked with Simms Building Group, a minority-owned general contracting and construction management firm in the St. Louis area, to build the site.

A Pathway to Jobs for Local Youth

The Ferguson store will work with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis to provide a unique in-store training program where young people in the community will have the opportunity to enroll in a multi-week retail and customer service skills training program. The program meets a critical need for practical job training opportunities for young people, many of whom are eager to start their first job and work collectively to transform the legacy of the Ferguson community.

Starbucks is set to offer a similar training program for youth at its new store in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, NY, working with local nonprofit organizations like Queens Community House and the YMCA and Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow’s Y Roads program. Starbucks will seek to build similar alliances in each of the 13 additional communities it is considering in the national initiative, including stores in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side and a remodeled store at 7th & Camelback in Phoenix.

“Ferguson’s young people still remain hopeful and resilient,” said McMillan. “An in-store training opportunity with Starbucks will go a long way for a young person preparing for their first job. And that first job is going to set them up for success and help open up a world of opportunity. That’s why we wanted to work with Starbucks and together find a way to use this new space to be so much more than a coffee shop, but a hub for the kind of opportunities that might help a young person get their start.”

Community Support

“I am grateful to Howard Schultz for believing and investing in our community. The impact of Starbucks’ commitment to Ferguson is enormous! It creates a ripple effect – jobs, revitalization, economic opportunities, and restores community pride. Starbucks is leading by example,” said The Honorable Hazel Erby, Saint Louis County Council, District 1.

“As a council member for Ward One in Ferguson Missouri I am so excited and proud to welcome Starbucks to our community!  The confidence and dedication this company has shown in our residents and town is very encouraging and inspiring. We look forward to a long and strong relationship between the city of Ferguson Missouri and the Starbucks Corporation,” said Ferguson City Council member Linda Lipka, Ward 1.

[1] Measure of America, One in Seven: Ranking Youth Disconnection in the 25 Largest Metro Areas

[2] Measure of America, Zeroing In on Place and Race: Youth Disconnection in America’s Cities

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Starbucks unveiled its first store in Ferguson, Missouri

Starbucks unveiled its first store in Ferguson, Missouri

 

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Starbucks coming soon to Ferguson

SEATTLE, 2015-11-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — When Rodney Hines and Rebecca Chamberlin sat down to discuss the qualities they were looking for to fill a particular Starbucks store manager role, there were some givens. The position requires leadership qualities, business skills and a customer-first attitude in all instances. The store manager they were searching for, however, would be overseeing a particularly high-profile Starbucks located in a city of 21,000 that has found itself the focal point of international attention.

Hines, Starbucks director of community investments for retail operations, and Chamberlin, a regional director for the company, were searching for the right person to manage the first Starbucks opening in Ferguson, Missouri.

Starbucks chairman and ceo Howard Schultz suggested finding a Ferguson location for a store after hosting an open forum on racial inequality and social justice with Starbucks partners (employees) in and around St. Louis earlier this year, following the upheaval prompted by the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Touring Ferguson, and hearing from partners in other communities like it across the U.S., led to a Starbucks initiative to open stores in diverse, low- to medium-income urban communities across the country.

‘Cordell would be the perfect person to run this store’

When that initial discussion of job candidates occurred, Chamberlin immediately thought of someone she’d worked with years earlier – a Missouri native who’d supervised a video game store just down the street from the West Florissant and Somerset intersection where the new Starbucks is being built.

Chamberlin recalled how Cordell Lewis created events at his store that engaged locals with music and special activities. He was seen as something of a sales star at their old company, but she was equally impressed with the way he interacted with customers and employees.

“I knew, based on the work that he had provided and just his personality, if he was available and at all interested, Cordell would be the perfect person to run this store,” Chamberlin said.

Lewis was still living in the community, but he had a job and was taking courses at St. Louis Community College. When Chamberlin tracked him down and made her recruitment pitch, he was initially hesitant to change direction. What sold him was the mission this Starbucks and others like it would be advancing.

“I like a challenge and I don’t like anything that’s stagnant,” Lewis said. “And this is not stagnant at all.”

At the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Ferguson Starbucks, Lewis presented a coffee tasting and talked about his vision for the store he’ll be managing.

Supporting Economic Development and Social Change

Ferguson will be the second Starbucks store opened as part of a push to support economic development and social change in diverse low- to mid-income communities, preceded earlier in 2016 by a store in Jamaica, Queens in New York. Later in the year similar stores will open in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side and Milwaukee, and a remodeled store will reopen in Phoenix. All these Starbucks® stores will include a dedicated classroom area where local nonprofits will conduct job-skills training classes for youth. The emphasis on community engagement and education helped Lewis overcome any initial misgivings.

He has lived in the Ferguson/Florissant area for the last decade. He put in three years at Missouri State University in his hometown of Springfield, but didn’t complete his college education years ago. Now the 37-year-old plans to finish his degree and recently enrolled in online classes at Arizona State University as part of the Starbucks College Achievement Plan. The college benefit gives partners an opportunity to receive a bachelor’s degree with full tuition reimbursement.

 

Lewis has already hired five people to work at the Ferguson Starbucks, which will open next spring, and he’s raising his profile in the area, giving a presentation on Starbucks employment opportunities at nearby Hazelwood East High School. He looks forward to managing a store where “everyone is treated with respect, whether they’re coming in for a glass of water after they’ve come in on the bus from their job downtown or they want to get a handcrafted beverage while they’re studying for a test at the community college.”

Drawing from the Local Community

Lewis’s recruitment reflects an emphasis on the part of Starbucks to make a genuine connection with Ferguson. The developer of the new building is Otis & Clark Properties, a respected regional operation cofounded by former St. Louis Cardinals running back Jim Otis. As part of the drive to support local women- and minority-owned businesses, products from Natalie’s Cakes & More will be featured at the Starbucks in Ferguson.

The bakery, which is owned and operated by Natalie DuBose, is a five-minute drive from the site of the Ferguson Starbucks. Opened in June 2014, it suffered extensive damage following rioting last November. GoFundMe campaigns helped the business get back on track and Starbucks is now carrying DuBose’s signature caramel cakes at a dozen St. Louis-area locations. As a result, her workforce has grown from three to 13. Her father, whose own caramel cakes inspired his daughter’s popular concoction, also checks in at peak periods.

Like Lewis, DuBose is heavily involved in the community. She speaks regularly about entrepreneurship at local high schools, hires locally and sources her ingredients from local businesses whenever possible.

The rapid expansion she’s overseen has presented challenges, but the Ferguson resident credits Starbucks with helping her navigate operational issues that come with growth. “Yes, there have been bumps in the road and growth spurts where it hurt a little bit, but Starbucks has been, honestly, just a phone call away,” she said. “The hard parts aren’t that hard because they’re there.”

DuBose was also at today’s groundbreaking ceremony. She brought along a couple of new baked items for guests to try – a chocolate and white chocolate chip, pecan and macadamia nut cookie she’s dubbed the Quad and a mocha coffee cupcake, made with Starbucks VIA® Coffee.

“Other doors are opening because of this partnership,” DuBose said. “Not only doors where people are able to reach out to me, but I’m able to reach out to people, like all of these school events that are taking place now. The partnership with Starbucks allows me to give back to Ferguson community and surrounding communities as well.”

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Starbucks coming soon to Ferguson

Starbucks coming soon to Ferguson

Starbucks plans to build store in Ferguson: will also create partnerships with local women- and minority-owned businesses

SEATTLE, 2015-7-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — When Starbucks chairman and ceo Howard Schultz traveled to St. Louis, Missouri earlier this year for the fourth in a series of partner forums on race, he embarked a low-profile side trip to nearby Ferguson. The city continued to show signs from the rioting and confrontations between police and demonstrators the previous summer after the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

But there was more on display in the city of 21,000 than destruction. There was promise.

Starbucks director of community investments Rodney Hines, who was along on the visit, thought that despite the burned-out buildings and broken windows, the essence of a viable community could be seen. As the tour continued, Schultz suggested “there should be a Starbucks here.”

Earlier this month, Starbucks announced plans to build a store in Ferguson, as part of an accelerated program to open stores in 15 diverse urban communities across the U.S., with at least five stores expected to open in 2016. The jobs created by opening these new stores will help achieve the company’s previously stated goal of hiring 10,000 Opportunity Youth – young people between the ages of 16-24 who face systemic barriers to meaningful jobs and education – and the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative’s collective goal of hiring 100,000 Opportunity Youth by 2018.

In addition to opening a store in the West Florissant neighborhood of Ferguson, Starbucks will launch stores in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side; the Jamaica neighborhood in Queens, New York; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and will remodel an existing store at 7th and Camelback in Phoenix, Arizona.

The stores will be designed to accommodate jobs-skills training classes overseen by Starbucks and local organizations. Starbucks will also create partnerships with local women- and minority-owned businesses, as they are doing with a Ferguson bakery called Natalie’s Cakes & More, which was damaged during the unrest.

Starbucks will carry Natalie’s Signature Caramel Cake its Ferguson store when it opens next summer, and the cakes will also be available in five Starbucks in the surrounding St. Louis area beginning August 9, 2015.

Starbucks impact is already being felt, according to the bakery’s owner Natalie DuBose. She said local news about the arrangement between Starbucks and Natalie’s Cakes & More began circulating on July 15, and the next day dozens of Starbucks patrons showed up anxious to get a taste of the bakery’s treats.

“We’ve been in job interviews for the last week and a half,” said DuBose.

“Moving forward, we’re going to hire more because of the quantity that will be in demand at the stores. We’ve been shipping caramel cakes left and right just because of the buzz that they’re in the Starbucks stores.”

The mission in Missouri was to find a location that works on multiple levels, according to Hines. A new coffeehouse would have to forcefully contribute to economic development in the community, provide a third place for social interaction and flourish commercially.

Vice president of Starbucks U.S. store development Rob Sopkin, who along with Hines is spearheading the Ferguson project, took charge of finding a spot that would work for both the community and the company. The Ferguson store is progressing at a rapid clip, fueled by support from city officials and community leaders.

“Whereas it usually takes anywhere from six months to a year to get a lease signed, and then it can take up to a year before we open up, this one took just months,” Sopkin said, adding that he expects the West Florissant store to be operating by the summer of 2016.

“Starbucks is stepping up and investing in our community in a way that will open up exciting opportunities for all,” added Michael McMillan, CEO for the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. “We hope more businesses will appreciate this city’s resilience and join us in turning what was a tragedy into a triumph.”

For more information on this news release, contact Starbucks Newsroom.

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Starbucks plans to build store in Ferguson: will also create partnerships with local women- and minority-owned businesses Photos courtesy Natalie's Cakes & More

Starbucks plans to build store in Ferguson: will also create partnerships with local women- and minority-owned businesses
Photos courtesy Natalie’s Cakes & More