Starbucks to close early for company-wide diversity training

Starbucks to close early for company-wide diversity training

Starbucks to close early for company-wide diversity training

Starbucks locations in airports, on college and private business campuses and within grocery and other retail stores will remain open for regular hours.

Starbucks locations across the country will close their doors Tuesday afternoon to train 175,000 employees about racial bias in one of the largest corporate responses to an incident involving racial profiling.

Previously, it was left to individual store managers to decide whether people could access Starbucks premises without making a purchase.

On Long Island, most company-owned stores will close for the day between 2 and 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday and reopen Wednesday morning, according to the Starbucks website. Other stores have posted similar notices.

A video previewing the training says it will include recorded remarks from Starbucks executives.

On April 12, two black men went to a Philadelphia store and did not buy anything; instead, they told the store manager they were waiting for a friend to join them.

Starbucks did not immediately respond to a request to clarify whether Tuesday's training will offer more advice or training to employees on how to maintain the new policy.

Starbucks worked with advisers and experts to create a curriculum and an engaging experience for employees and partners.

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The closures follows the arrests of two African-American men in a Philadelphia Starbucks.

"Our hope is that these learning sessions and discussions will make a difference within and beyond our stores", said Rossann Williams, Starbucks executive vice president for US retail, in a news release. The move comes after backlash over the way two black men were recently treated in a Philadelphia store.

"While this is not limited to Starbucks, we're committed to being a part of the solution", Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement.

As for her role in the training, Ifill said her goal was to ensure "that what they do undertake is rigorous and is likely to produce real results".

Nelson immediately asked to use the restroom when they walked in, he said, but was informed it was for paying customers only. May 29 isn't a solution, and it's a first step. They also will participate in discussion and problem-solving sessions on identifying and avoiding bias.

The company explained that each store will get a tool kit to help guide the trainings.

Of course, Starbucks competitors, including Dunkin' Donuts, which has about 200 franchise stores on Long Island, and 7-Eleven, which has more than 100 stores here, will be open, as will local coffee shops.

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