October 11, 2012 |
The parent company of Tully's Coffee, the Seattle-based coffee cafe chain that isn't Starbucks, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week. TC Global Inc. said it would close an undisclosed number of its 175 stores in the process. Tully's has faced “significant challenges that were preventing the company from being profitable,” according to a statement . Though the filing was a “difficult decision,” TC Global said it was a necessary step in dealing with rising commodity prices and problematic leases.
April 12, 2013 |
Starbucks is knocking down the suggested retail price for its packaged grounds. The discounts, set to begin May 10, will cover the Seattle coffee giant's packaged coffee in U.S. grocery stores and other retailers, but not at its ever-present coffee shops, said company spokesman Zack Hutson. The price drop also covers the company's Seattle's Best brand. Prices will drop an average of 10%, he said. For example, the price for a 12-ounce bag of Starbucks coffee -- ground or whole-bean -- will drop to $8.99 from $9.99, while a 12-ounce bag of Seattle's Best will also drop a dollar, to $6.99.
October 19, 2012 |
Coffee giant Starbucks has now ventured into India, the land of chai teas and lassi yogurt drinks. A luxurious new store opened Friday in the Elphinstone Building in one of Mumbai's most well-heeled neighborhoods - there's a Hermes store nearby. Part of a joint venture with Tata Global Beverages, the store precedes two cafes also set to open in Mumbai next week. The flagship location tries hard to sell the idea of an East-West union. Its standard offerings are served alongside Himalayan mineral water and foods such as the Elaichi Mawa Croissant, the Murg Tikka Panini and the Tandoori Paneer Roll.
January 17, 2014 |
Starbucks has updated its iPhone mobile payment app in response to concerns raised earlier this week by a cyber security researcher. The Seattle coffee company said the new version of its mobile app comes with added layers of security that will keep sensitive user information protected. The update comes after Daniel Wood published a report saying the Starbucks iOS mobile app stored user passwords, emails, user names and GPS location files in plain text, which hackers can easily access.
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April 30, 2013 |
Starbucks shops in the San Jose area were checking for possible tampering after a woman allegedly tried to sneak tainted bottles of orange juice into a refrigerator at a Starbucks coffee shop. A customer reported seeing the woman remove two bottles of orange juice from her purse and place them in a refrigerated display case at the store, the Mercury News reported . When the customer alerted store staff the woman fled. After examining the bottles and detecting what they described as a “toxic smell,” store employees called 911. Police tracked 50-year-old Ramineh Behbehanian to her home about five miles away after a witness provided her license plate number.
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December 10, 2013 |
Nine people were hurt Tuesday when an SUV plowed into a Starbucks in Folsom, officials said. Two of the nine were taken to hospitals for treatment after the 2:50 p.m. accident that occurred when the SUV crashed into the store on East Bidwell Street, according to the Sacramento Bee . No information about the SUV driver was released by police. It was unknown how many people were in the vehicle at the time. “No one from the vehicle was injured,” Folsom police Officer Andrew Bates told the Bee. “There was no substance abuse, and it was not a medically related crash.” The investigation is ongoing.
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November 30, 2013 |
Three men from Fontana were arrested on suspicion of robbing a person near a coffee shop in Fountain Valley earlier in the month, according to Fountain Valley police. Daniel Molina, 19, Christopher Godinez, 20, and a male juvenile were taken into custody at a home in Fontana. Molina and Godinez were booked in Orange County Jail, and the teen was booked in Orange County Juvenile Hall. The three suspects were reported to have robbed the victim outside the Starbucks on the 9000 block of Warner Avenue on Nov. 11. The suspects posted an ad on Craigslist to sell a $400 Starbucks card for $200, according to Times Community News.
January 19, 2014 |
Business travel has rebounded from the Great Recession, but lots of travelers remain frugal when spending company money on the road. That was one of the findings of a new report that analyzed millions of business travel expense reports. For breakfast, the most frequent eatery for business travelers was Starbucks -- 14% of travelers bought food from the coffee shop, spending an average of $8.44 per meal, according to an analysis for the last...
January 10, 2013 |
It's not just the “Grey's Anatomy” mid-season premiere Thursday night weighing on Patrick Dempsey's mind - the would-be coffee company owner is facing several objections to his pending purchase of Seattle's Tully's chain. Last week, the actor known as McDreamy triumphantly announced that his group Global Baristas' $9.15-million bid for Tully's was deemed the winner by the bankrupt company. Several of the six other bidders, however, now say they won't go away without a tussle.
March 31, 2013 |
"In Scotland, death is considered imminent; in Canada, it's considered inevitable. In California, death is considered optional. " Ian Morrison, a Scottish-born futurist and healthcare consultant, was joking when he said those words. But not entirely. Substantial data support his point. Medicare statistics, for example, reveal that Los Angeles leads the nation in the amount of medical services provided during the last six months of a person's life. Healthy seniors here are also big consumers of healthcare, getting about 65% more MRI studies and utilizing ambulances three times as often as seniors elsewhere.