January 24, 2012 |
Starbucks customers are about to get a different kind of buzz. Already a go-to for morning commuters and afternoon pick-me-ups, the coffee giant is aiming to expand the happy hour crowd by offering wine and beer at select Southern California locations. Starbucks said it would bring booze to four to six new or remodeled stores in the region by the end of this year and planned to do the same to a small group of locations in Atlanta and Chicago. In addition, patrons could order "premium food" such as savory snacks, small plates and hot flatbreads.
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.
August 16, 2012 |
Starbucks is opening a high-tech facility in Rancho Cucamonga next year that the company said would quadruple the production and distribution capacity of its Evolution Fresh juice business. The 260,000-square-foot factory will add 40 jobs to Evolution's manufacturing workforce, bringing the total to 160, according to Starbucks Corp. The Seattle coffee chain said 120 jobs will be shifted from San Bernardino, where Evolution Fresh was launched and where the juices still are made. The facility will be Starbucks' sixth manufacturing site in the U.S. The company has coffee production plants in Washington, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Nevada and Georgia.
May 1, 2013 |
It sounds like a bizarre story line straight out of an episode of "CSI. " A woman was arrested after allegedly planting tainted bottles of orange juice in a Starbucks refrigerator in San Jose. Witnesses said they saw the woman walk into a Starbucks in the 6000 block of Snell Avenue and take two bottles of orange juice out of her purse. The woman then put the orange juice bottles in a refrigerator with other purchasable items, reported the Mercury News . Those bottles of O.J. were tainted with rubbing alcohol.
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April 30, 2013 |
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly tried to sneak tainted bottles of orange juice into a refrigerator at a Starbucks coffee shop in San Jose. 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.
November 6, 2013 |
Starbucks wants the country's defenders to return from the front lines on its payroll, pledging to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses in the next five years. In an initiative organized in part by Starbucks board member and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the Seattle coffee giant said it hopes to tap the unique communication, leadership and problem-solving skills developed by veterans and their families. “This is not a charity initiative,” said Starbucks Chief Community Officer Blair Taylor in an interview this week.
January 9, 2014 |
The coffee wars are on. Taking a page from cellphone providers, Tonx Better Coffee Exchange, a micro coffee roaster, is offering subscribers and future subscribers a dollar-for-dollar trade-in of their Starbucks gift cards. For those of us who received a Starbucks gift card for Christmas, they're offering a trade-in -- for Tonx coffee beans. You have to already be a subscriber -- or decide to become a subscriber -- to take advantage of the offer, but what a deal. All you have to do is go to Tonx.org/better , enter a valid Starbucks gift card number and security code and your card will convert to Tonx subscription credit.
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.
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.
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.