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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Starbucks to Open a Ferguson Location, But Won't Say Where

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Starbucks is coming to Ferguson, or so they tell us. - COURTESY OF FLICKR/IRFAAN PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • Starbucks is coming to Ferguson, or so they tell us.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz may have abandoned plans to decorate your latte with "Race Together," but he hasn't given up on making the world a better place.

Schultz announced Tuesday that Starbucks would be opening its first Ferguson store, according to Fortune, as a "way to increase employment."

Details, however, are few.

We asked Starbucks press office where the new coffee shop will be, and when it will open, and whether Ferguson had been chosen specifically because of the unrest that gripped the city in the last year.

Here's what we got in response:

We take seriously the need for Starbucks to have presence in all types of communities across the U.S., and are constantly evaluating new markets. We are planning to open a net 300 stores in the US in FY15, many of which will be in diverse communities like Ferguson. We look forward to sharing more details in the future as we finalize those plans.

Starbucks' fiscal year ends in September, so we should be seeing some movement on the Ferguson store soon. Stay tuned.

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