All company-owned Starbucks locations will close their doors early on Tuesday for employee racial-bias education. This will affect 15 locations in Central Texas.
The company made the decision to close the stores in the afternoon after two men were arrested while waiting for a third person for a meeting at a Philadelphia location in April.
The men settled with Starbucks in early May for an undisclosed sum and offer of free education. Starbucks also announced a new policy allowing anyone to sit in its cafes or use its restrooms even if they don't buy anything.
During the afternoon, nearly 175,000 employees will go through a training program designed to address implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, prevent discrimination and ensure those inside Starbucks stores feel safe and welcome, the company said in a news release.
"The company's founding values are based on humanity and inclusion," said executive chairman Howard Schultz, who joined Johnson and other senior Starbucks leaders in Philadelphia to meet with community leaders and Starbucks partners. "We will learn from our mistakes and reaffirm our commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment for every customer."
Below is a list of all Starbucks locations in Central Texas and what time they will close on May 29.
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