The disturbing reason a Starbucks in New Orleans had to close

The flagship Starbucks cafe on Canal Street caught Schultz’s personal attention during the company’s expansion into New Orleans in 2013. According to NOLA, the building’s historic features have been carefully preserved, creating a stylish ambience “curated apothecary” with commissioned artwork, built-in antiques, and a wooden community table made from repurposed fallen trees. Just nine years later, the store, one of Starbucks’ most unique locations, is largely deserted after receiving its frigid “high-incident” location designation. In a nutshell, this means that it will permanently close on October 2 due to security concerns.

Starbucks acknowledged in July that threats against employees were increasing in some regions, saying it intended to fix ongoing issues or close affected stores. National review of Starbucks locations in the US found the once-darling cafe on Canal Street at the intersection of St Charles Avenue had an above-average number of crime and ‘incident’ logs which put employees and customers at risk. Starbucks spokesperson Sam Jeffries explained that growing national challenges arise within Starbucks communities and stores every day, including mental health dilemmas, racism and COVID-related exacerbations, according to the chain. New Orleans 4WWL television. After consultation and brainstorming with community leaders and Canal Street store employees, the company announced that operations were to cease.

In light of the growing national push to unionize Starbucks employees, which the company opposes, NOLA notes that the Canal Street store had not called for a union to be formed.

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