March 4, 2010
Today's quiz: Who are the greater fools, gun-rights enthusiasts strolling into Starbucks outlets with firearms strapped to their waists in order to assert their right to openly carry weapons, or gun-control advocates protesting against Starbucks for not going all Gary Cooper on these postmodern cowboy wannabes and tossing them out of its coffee-saloon doors? For us, it's a close call. The recent commotion over "open carry," one of the more obscure issues in the gun-control debate, shows that common sense is uncommon on either side.
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.
August 8, 2012 |
Square and Starbucks have announced a partnership that will see the coffee company begin using the start-up's services at about 7,000 of its U.S. stores this fall while also investing $25 million in it. The partnership will let Starbucks customers use the Pay with Square app to open a tab at the company's shops and pay using their connected credit card without having to pull the card out. The Seattle coffee company will also put...
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.
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.
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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.
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.
July 20, 2012 |
There's a new kind of Starbucks coming to California: The coffee chain is planning to set up one of its Evolution Fresh Inc. juiceries in San Francisco this fall. The Seattle company already operates hundreds of coffee outlets around the Golden State. But the Evolution Fresh location in the Bay Area will be the first of its kind outside Washington. Starbucks on Friday opened its second juice store in downtown Seattle, a few months after launching the chain in Bellevue, Wash. The company is planning to open yet another in Seattle soon.
October 9, 2013 |
With the federal government now in its second week of the shutdown and legislators at an impasse, Starbucks Corp. is hoping to set an example for Washington by offering free coffee. Wednesday through Friday, the Seattle java chain will give customers a free tall cup of joe - as long as they buy a drink for a fellow patron. As the company explains on its website and in several full-page newspaper ads, “in times like these, a small act of generosity and civility can make a big difference.” Howard Schultz, Starbucks' chief executive, delved further into the rationale in a message Tuesday to employees . He described the government shutdown, the pending debt-ceiling crisis, waning consumer confidence and general unease as sparking a “seemingly unending cycle of dysfunction and doubt.” He said the promotion was an opportunity “not to be bystanders” and would let customers “pay it forward.” “Please join me in helping our customers Come Together to support and connect with one another, even as we wait for our elected officials to do the same for our country,” he wrote.
March 20, 2013 |
Starbucks Corp., already on a tear buying tea, juice and bakery companies, just snapped up its first coffee farm and is planning to double the number of people signed up for its loyalty programs. The company is expanding its roughly 3-year-old My Starbucks Rewards program, allowing customers who buy Starbucks' packaged coffee in grocery stores to earn points that can be redeemed for free treats in the chain's cafes. The Seattle giant, presenting at its annual investor meeting Wednesday, is calling the offering the “first cross-channel, multi-brand loyalty program” ever.