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Central Texas Starbucks close for racial-bias education

(Source: Starbucks) (Source: Starbucks)
CENTRAL TEXAS (KXXV) -

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.

WACO AREA

  • I-35 and Loop 340: Open until 2:30 p.m.
  • I-35 and Valley Mills Drive: Open until 2:30 p.m.
  • Bosque Boulevard and Wooded Acres Drive: Open until 2:30 p.m.
  • Target Waco: Open until 9 p.m.
  • Baylor University Science Building: Open until 7 p.m.
  • Loop 340 and Bagby Avenue: Open until 2:30 p.m.
  • Highway 84 and Hewitt Drive: Open until 2:30 p.m.

TEMPLE AREA

  • I-35 and Highway 53: Open until 2:30 p.m.
  • W. Adams Avenue and Hilliard Road: Open until 2:30 p.m.
  • Target Temple: Open until 9 p.m.
  • 31st Street and SW H.K. Dodgen Loop: Open until 2:30 p.m.
  • I-35 and Head Street: Open until 2:30 p.m.

KILLEEN AREA: 

  • Target Harker Heights: Open until 9 p.m.
  • Highway 190 and Knight's Way: Open until 2:30 p.m.
  • Highway 190 and Trimmier Road: Open until 2:30 p.m.
  • Stan Schlueter Loop and Fort Hood Street: Open until 2:30 p.m.
  • US 190 and Fort Hood Street: Open until 2:30 p.m.
  • Fort Hood TJ Mills Food Court: Open until 9 p.m.
  • Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center: Open until 3 p.m.
  • Fort Hood Clear Creek Exchange: Open until 9 p.m.
  • 190 and Clear Creek Road: Open until 2:30 p.m.
  • Highway 190 and DeWald Street: Open until 2:30 p.m.

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