Apr 17, 2018

Starbucks to close stores nationwide for racial bias training

A starbucks coffee shop

A Starbucks coffee shop. Photo: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Starbucks will close stores on May 29th for an afternoon of racial bias training, the company announced in a press release on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The company is responding to the arrest of two black men in a Starbucks branch in Philadelphia.

The backdrop: Johnson apologized on behalf of the company on Monday and said there would be corrective training to come. Citizens have been protesting Starbucks over racial issues following the arrests. A day before the announcement, it was also revealed that in January another black man was denied entry into a bathroom without making a purchase.

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