Starbucks® store in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) set to open in Spring 2018

Starbucks® store in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) set to open in Spring 2018


  • New Starbucks® store in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) will create local jobs, partner with minority owned contractors and suppliers, and offer in-store job skills training programs to youth as part of the company’s strategy to invest in at least 15 underserved communities across the U.S. by 2018
  • A similar Starbucks® store in Jamaica, Queens, has provided in-store retail skills training to more than 60 youth since opening in March 2016; 347 more local youth have benefitted through Starbucks partnerships with Queens Community House (QCH) and YMCA’s Y Roads Centers
  • Starbucks has since expanded the initiative to Ferguson, Mo.; Englewood in Chicago’s Southside; East Baltimore; Phoenix; and Long Beach, Calif.; three stores opening soon in Seattle, Miami Gardens and Birmingham

BROOKLYN, N.Y., 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — An estimated 18% of youth in Brooklyn are disconnected from employment and educational opportunities, a challenge that is compounded in the Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) neighborhood with 23.1% youth unemployment[1]. In response, Starbucks plans to deepen its investment in the community and open its first store in Bed-Stuy, at 774 Broadway, dedicated to supporting local jobs and economic development. The store is a key part of the company’s initiative to invest in at least 15 underserved communities across the U.S. by 2018 by hiring locally, partnering with local nonprofit organizations to provide in-store job-skills training for youth, and working with local women- and minority-owned contractors, suppliers and vendors. The first of these Starbucks® stores opened in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., in early 2016, which paved the way for five similar stores in Ferguson, Mo., central Phoenix, Englewood in Chicago’s Southside, East Baltimore, and Long Beach, Calif.

“We believe Starbucks can play a meaningful role in creating job opportunities, while supporting ongoing efforts to drive economic revitalization,” said Carla Ruffin, regional director for Starbucks retail operations in Brooklyn. “As a Brooklynite, I am proud to see Starbucks making a long-term investment in Bed-Stuy in the form of a new store, and serve as a warm and welcoming place for our Bed-Stuy customers to come together over coffee. We look forward to working with the community in the months ahead to support economic development and open the kind of store Bed-Stuy residents can be proud of.”

Set to open in Spring 2018, Starbucks plans to work with local women- and minority owned contractors for the construction of the Bed-Stuy store, and is looking to partner with a minority-owned business in the area for a locally sourced product to feature in the café. It will also be the first Starbucks® store in Brooklyn to include a unique in-store job training space. Working with a local nonprofit organization, Starbucks plans to provide Bed-Stuy youth ages 16 to 24 with a free multi-week job skills training program – based on Starbucks own renowned customer service curriculum. When trainings are not in session, the room will be available for local groups to use for meetings and dialogue – serving as a hub for members of the community.

“Starbucks will be a welcome addition to our community, and I’m particularly excited that this new store will be focused on helping provide economic opportunities and job training for young people from our neighborhood,” said New York City Council Member Robert Cornegy.  “As Chair of the City Council’s Small Business Committee, I believe Starbucks is creating a model for other businesses that further demonstrates that running a successful business and investing in local contractors, suppliers and youth are not mutually exclusive.”

“I’m excited to welcome Starbucks new store to Bed-Stuy,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. “This innovative concept will bring jobs, mentorship, and training opportunities for our neighborhood’s young people. This store will brew the next generation of leaders in Bed-Stuy and ensure that area youth will have a venue to access resources, meet new people, and get the skills they need to enter the job market, all while enjoying a cup of coffee.”

For Starbucks, the Bed-Stuy store marks an important milestone in a series of initiatives the company has championed across the country to create greater economic opportunities for young people as part of its nationwide commitment to hire at least 100,000 Opportunity Youth – 16-24-year-olds who face barriers to employment and opportunity – by 2020. To date, the company has hired more than 40,000 opportunity youth in stores across the country and has brought more than 50 companies together to further scale this hiring effort through the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™.

Starbucks in Jamaica, Queens, Brings Community Together

Since opening the first of these stores at 89th & Sutphin in Jamaica, Queens in March 2016, Starbucks store manager Alisha Wrencher and her team of partners (employees), have been working to bring young people, customers, civic leaders and local businesses together with the shared goal of creating opportunities in the neighborhood.

Their daily efforts to drive connections with customers and invite the community to engage with the space have paid off. In addition to meeting and often surpassing their sales targets, the team has some of the highest partner engagement and retention in the area. Of the 23 partners hired at opening a year ago, 18 partners are still employed at this store, and 14 are from the Jamaica, Queens, neighborhood. Two partners have already been promoted to Assistant Store Manager and Shift Supervisor, four partners have earned the Barista Trainer position, and one partner is now a certified Starbucks Coffee Master.

Like similar Starbucks® stores in Ferguson, Mo.; Englewood in the Southside of Chicago; central Phoenix; Long Beach in California; and East Baltimore, the onsite job-skills training space at 89th & Sutphin is a key differentiator of the store. Two nonprofit organizations with long histories in Jamaica – Queens Community House (QCH) and YMCA’s Y Roads Centers – have used the store’s unique in-store classroom space to host job training programs for young people in Jamaica between the ages of 16 to 24 who have faced barriers to jobs and education. Since March 2016, more than 60 young people have completed the training curriculum, complete with instruction on the basics of customer service, barista skills and food-safety certifications that will be applicable for positions in a variety of retail or customer service roles. Nearly all participants have found work locally. The program has also allowed both organizations to extend the Starbucks curriculum to youth enrolled in other job training programs, indirectly benefitting an additional 347 young men and women over the last year.

When not in use for trainings, the store’s community meeting space serves as a hub for local organizations to use. For example, Life Camp, a local non-profit that aims to develop teens and adults into peer leaders, uses the Community Room every Friday and Sunday evening to plan and organize upcoming community events.

In the past year, the store has become part of the fabric of the Jamaica, Queens, community. Wrencher, a Jamaica, Queens native herself, received a certificate of recognition from the New York State Assembly and local New York Police Department precinct for her support and engagement with the community, and was recently invited to speak to attendees at a local women’s empowerment conference about the importance of education, making responsible decisions and overcoming personal challenges. Poetry Night is hosted the last Saturday of every month, and game nights have been organized to give young people a safe place to socialize. The store also hosts Partner Skills Workshops, Arts and Crafts events, and community service projects, in addition to Coffee with a Cop conversations designed to help strengthen ties between police officers and community members. At Thanksgiving, partners walked the streets and fed the homeless. And last September, Starbucks executive chairman Howard Schultz visited the store with Grammy- and Academy Award-winning performer, Common, as part of a Turn Up the Vote party in the neighborhood calling for greater engagement by voters in the community, and across the nation.

[1] Data2Go and Measure of America, Youth Disconnection in New York City

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Starbucks store at Wrigleyville in Chicago

Starbucks store at Wrigleyville in Chicago


Seattle, 2017-Apr-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. From the glamorous Gold Coast to the museums of the Magnificent Mile, each community has a personality all its own.

One of the most celebrated is Wrigleyville – home of Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs. For more than 100 years, baseball fans have enjoyed games in this walkable, lively neighborhood, with buildings so close to the stadium that fans can watch the games from nearby rooftops.

Starbucks has had a presence in Wrigleyville for more than 20 years, and is now a part of its next chapter with the opening of a Starbucks store anchored in the new Park at Wrigley. In addition to its core menu, the new location will take influence from its Seattle Starbucks Reserve®  Roastery with an immersive coffee bar where baristas bring the craft of coffee to life through brewing techniques such as Clover, pour-over, coffee press, nitro taps, Chemex, Siphon and Black Eagle manual espresso. Starbucks stores with a Reserve coffee bar will make up 20 percent of the company’s store portfolio globally over time.

“We wanted the design to be authentic to the community and to the heritage of baseball in Chicago,” said Claudine Lostao, director of store design for Starbucks in the Midwest and Mid America. “The richness of the leather and stitching details at the Reserve Bar are inspired by the game.”

Upon entry, customers are drawn in by the 68-foot long curving wood beams that start at the top of the front doors and lead the eye through the length of the space to the bar, which takes center stage as the theatre of coffee art within the space. On warm days, glass doors open up onto the adjacent open-air park which will host community festivals and farmers markets. The design team also paid tribute to the home team in the details, such as custom chairs with red baseball stitching and under-counter lighting at the bar that can glow red or blue.

The artistic focal point of the space is a 45-foot custom mural by artist Shogo Ota called “Coffee People,” which depicts the people behind coffee’s journey from farm to cup. Ota has created other similar coffee pieces for Starbucks green cup last November and the wooden doors at the Starbucks store in Ferguson, Mo.

“Wrigleyville is a community with a deep sense of history,” Lostao said. “We wanted to celebrate the spirit of the neighborhood as well as the game of baseball.”

Starbucks in Chicago

Starbucks opened its first store in Chicago in 1987, and is at the forefront of new Starbucks® experiences with distinctive stores on Michigan Avenue and fashion retailer UNIQLO. In the past year, Starbucks has also opened an express format store at Union Station, stores with Starbucks Reserve bars in Lake Forest and Wicker Park, and a new store and training center on Chicago’s South Side, to create opportunities for local jobs and provide job skills and training to youth.

Chicago will be also one of the first to showcase a new Starbucks Reserve® store format, none of which exist yet today. The store, which is slated to open in the next year, will integrate the theater and romance of the Starbucks Reserve® Roastery with the unique culinary experience of its Italian food partner, Princi.


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SSP opens new Starbucks store at Gatwick South Terminal

Starbucks. South Terminal. Gatwick Airport,
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London, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP has opened a new Starbucks store at Gatwick South Terminal. The new store will serve the full range of Starbucks coffees, made with high-quality, ethically-sourced Arabica beans. The new coffee shop will also offer a menu designed to meet the needs of travelling customers. This includes delicious food items, such as the newly-launched Breakfast Hot Boxes, including Super Scrambled Eggs, Tomato & Spinach or Spicy Chorizo, Poached Egg and Potato.

The Gatwick South Terminal Starbucks store has been designed to reflect the needs of its customers, and the menu includes a wide range of items to grab and go as well as selections for those who have more time to linger. There are also digital features including wireless charging zones and Gatwick’s free, fast Wi-Fi for customers on the go. There is hand-painted artwork on the timber-clad walls, and the shape of the walk-ways and curved surfaces reflect airport design features, such as luggage carousels and runways.

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK said: “We’re delighted to have been chosen to operate a fantastic new Starbucks coffee shop in the newly developed South terminal area at Gatwick, and to be building on our successful relationship with one of the UK’s most prestigious airports.”

Guy Stephenson, Gatwick’s Chief Commercial Officer said: “The opening of this new Starbucks store at Gatwick perfectly complements our existing line up of shops and restaurants. Our passengers want fast and reliable service from brands they trust as they travel across the globe so Starbucks coffee, recognised the world over, will be very well received. This opening further adds to the wealth of food and drink choices at Gatwick – with passengers able to have take-away options from all restaurants or receive their order within 15 minutes when dining in.”

Gatwick Airport offers flights to more destinations than any other UK airport and has increased its lead as the world’s most efficient single-runway airport – with 43 million passengers now travelling through its terminals each year.

Michael Haley, director channel licensing, Starbucks Europe, Middle East and Africa said: “We are thrilled to open our new store at Gatwick South Terminal with SSP UK. The new store is designed with the travelling customer in mind, with innovative wireless charging, bringing our world class coffee, with added convenience.”

To celebrate the opening, the store will be running specialist coffee tastings lead by Starbucks Coffee Masters throughout the opening period.


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