If your local Starbucks is your office or favorite rendez-vous point, and you're planning on spending some quality time there tomorrow afternoon, be advised you will need a Plan B. Tomorrow from 5:30PM to 8:30PM (local time) every single Starbucks owned store around the country will be closed for a massive synchronized staff training program. Likewise - if you're a coffee shop located next-door to a Starbucks, you might want to plan for some additional traffic. This has been a Snack PSA.
The official corporate press release can be found after the jump.
Starbucks Demonstrates Unprecedented Level of Commitment to Partner (Employee) Coffee Education and Training All U.S. Company-Operated Stores to Close at 5:30 p.m. local time on February 26 for Unique Partner Event
Launching the next phase of Starbucks ongoing efforts to transform the company and renew its focus on the customer, Starbucks today announced an historic in-store education and training event for its more than 135,000 store partners (employees) across the United States. The company will close each of its nearly 7,100 company-operated stores in the U.S. on Tuesday, February 26 at 5:30 p.m. local time to conduct a nationwide education event, designed to energize partners and transform the customer experience. Stores with evening hours will re-open at 8:30 p.m.
“Our unprecedented level of commitment to and investment in our people will provide them with the tools and resources they need to exceed the expectations of our customers," Howard Schultz, chairman, president and ceo said. "We believe that this is a bold demonstration of our commitment to our core and a reaffirmation of our coffee leadership."
The comprehensive educational curriculum for all U.S. store partners will provide a renewed focus on espresso standards that will help ensure the exceptional quality of every beverage. As a result, baristas will be better prepared to share their passion and knowledge with customers. Customers will be able to truly enjoy the art of espresso as Starbucks baristas demonstrate their passion to pull the perfect shot, steam milk to order, and customize their favorite beverage.
This unique in-store education event signals the company’s focus on transforming the Starbucks Experience for both customers and partners. Starbucks hopes any customers inconvenienced by the early closures will see this as an investment that will have long term benefits. For their part, Starbucks partners will have an opportunity to connect and deepen their passion for coffee with the ultimate goal of transforming the customer experience.
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has ethically sourced and roasted the highest quality Arabica coffee in the world. Through our commitment to excellence and our partners’ (employees’) ability to bring the Starbucks Experience to life, Starbucks stores have become community destinations where human connections happen tens of thousands of times each day. By adhering to its values, guiding principles and culture, Starbucks has distinguished itself in the marketplace by living our values, and abiding by guiding principles. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at www.starbucks.com.