October 11, 2013 |
Walk into Starbucks stores Friday and witness Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's latest effort to shame federal legislators into ending the government shutdown. The executive, who along with his giant coffee chain has spoken out recently on wide-ranging issues including gun control and public smoking, is asking customers to sign a petition directed at Congress and the White House. The demands are simple, asking Washington to “reopen our government, pay our debts on time and pass a bipartisan long-term budget deal by the end of the year.” The document will be distributed in stores over the next three days.
February 20, 2013 |
Some people climb mountains. Others explore uncharted wilderness. Beau Chevassus aimed to order the most expensive drink Starbucks could concoct. The Washington state man brought his own 52-ounce coffee mug to the coffee chain. There, he proceeded to order 48 shots of espresso, some protein powder, two bananas, a few caramel drizzle Frappuccino chips, some vanilla bean and a little soy. He called it the "Quadriginoctuple Frap. " Price tag: $47.30. This blew away the previous record holder, a $23.60 drink boasting one Java Chip Frappuccino in a Trenta cup, 16 shots of espresso, a shot of soy milk, caramel flavoring, banana puree, strawberry puree, vanilla beans, matcha powder, protein powder, and some caramel and mocha.
June 12, 2012 |
Starbucks Corp. has a new line of merchandise that, in line with the conscientious capitalism efforts at several major companies, it said will be used to help support American jobs. The coffee giant will sell a limited-edition mug, tumbler and bag of coffee - all made domestically - to raise money for its Create Jobs for USA fund. The fund was launched in November after Chief Executive Howard Schultz excoriated politicians and fellow business leaders for failing to do their part to stimulate the U.S. economy.
December 5, 2012 |
Get ready for two new Starbucks stores a day for the next four years - the Seattle coffee giant isn't joking around about its ambitious growth plans. By 2017, the chain plans to open more than 3,000 net new locations in its Americas region, half of them in the U.S. Thousands more will be freshly renovated, executives said at the company's biennial investor conference Wednesday. The already-massive company intends to have more than 20,000 retail stores on six continents by 2014.
January 3, 2013 |
Starbucks Corp. is heading into the scrum over Tully's Coffee, tussling with actor Patrick Dempsey and “breastaurant” style Baristas Coffee Co. to win control of the bankrupt chain. It's a true Seattle battle: Starbucks, Tully's and Baristas are all based in the Washington city. Dempsey's McDreamy character on the television show “Grey's Anatomy” is based there. Starbucks confirmed Thursday that it is participating in an auction for Tully's but declined to say more, saying it was “respecting the Seattle Bankruptcy Court's request for confidentiality.” Tully's parent company, TC Global Inc., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October, citing struggles with profitability.
February 14, 2013 |
The sixth Cafecito Organico opened today in Burbank, and the latest cafe from the local roaster -- which until fairly recently was roasting coffee in a converted garage in East Los Angeles -- is located in what was formerly a Starbucks . Angel Orozco started the company in 2004, working out of Mama's Hot Tamales Café in MacArthur Park, a nonprofit business incubator collaborating with street vendors. Guatemala-born Orozco built relationships with producers and at first focused on the supply side of the business, then started roasting and selling his coffee at farmers markets, and opened the first retail location of Cafecito on Hoover Avenue a couple of years ago, focusing on single-origin Central American coffees.
January 23, 2012 |
Starbucks is aiming to become the catch-all beverage stop in Southern California, saying Monday that it plans to add wine and beer to the coffee and juice it serves in stores. The Seattle-based company will bring booze to four to six new or remodeled stores in the region by the end of this year, and will do the same to a select group of locations in Atlanta and Chicago. Since first offering alcohol at its Olive Way outpost in Seattle in 2010, the chain has expanded its beer and wine menu to four other Seattle locations and one in Portland, Ore. There, beers are $5 each while wines range from $7 to $9. In addition to getting tipsy, customers will also have access to “premium food” such as savory snacks, small plates and hot flatbreads.
July 11, 2012 |
You'd think that Starbucks, Dippin' Dots and 7-Eleven would approach a heat wave with dollar signs in mind. Instead, all three chains are offering cool freebies this week, starting with Free Slurpee Day Wednesday. To celebrate its 85th birthday, 7-Eleven is giving away Slurpees from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The chain in May began making the slushy bearers of brain freeze more diet-friendly by slicing out the sugar and halving the calorie count. PHOTOS: Fast food gets outrageous In Inglewood, Randy's Donuts is gifting customers with free doughnuts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday to celebrate its 60th anniversary.
March 8, 2010 |
In its March 5 editorial, "At the Starbucks saloon," The Times criticizes the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence for launching a petition drive asking Starbucks Coffee Co. to change its policy welcoming armed patrons into its stores. The Times writes that Starbucks is merely an "innocent bystander" and that our "true foe" is the open-carry crowd. We certainly have strong concerns about allowing individuals who are not always required to have a permit, go through testing or training or show any knowledge of guns, gun laws or gun responsibilities carrying their weapons into places frequented by families.
October 30, 2008 |
Starbucks Corp. said October same-store sales in the U.S. might suggest that declines have "bottomed out." Customer visits and sales at stores open at least 13 months didn't decrease this month as fast as they had in the Seattle-based company's fiscal fourth quarter, which ended in September, Chief Executive Howard Schultz said. He didn't specify the pace of the decline in the quarter.