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Starbucks to Temporarily Shut 8,000-Plus Cafes for Bias Training

  • Chain plans to shutter the cafes for an afternoon next month
  • Company under scrutiny following arrests in Philadelphia
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Starbucks to Close Stores for Racial Bias Training

Starbucks Corp. is temporarily closing more than half of its domestic stores next month so employees can undergo racial-bias training, a response to the arrest of two black men at one of its cafes in Philadelphia.

The coffee chain plans to shut its more than 8,000 company-owned stores during the afternoon of May 29. In the U.S., about 59 percent of its locations are Starbucks-owned. The rest are licensed locations.