Correction, the printed version of this story stated that this racial-bias training would take place on March 29. The correct date of the training is May 29 and local Starbucks to close doors on this date.
The Starbucks in San Marino, along with more than 8,000 other company-owned stores nationwide, will be closing its doors during the afternoon of May 29 to conduct racial-bias training for employees following the arrest last week of two African-American men at one of its locations in Philadelphia.
Although management at the San Marino Starbuck’s at 2266 Huntington Drive declined to comment, employees did confirm the store will be one of those closing for the training.
Meanwhile, the manager of one of three Starbucks in South Pasadena said it was “gratifying to see the company taking the issue seriously.”
“I do think it’s in line with our mission,” said Austin Van Der Veen, who recently took over managing the Starbucks at 1000 Fair Oaks Ave in South Pasadena. “It’s a remarkable commitment and is so encouraging. This is a great company.”
Starbucks also will be closing its corporate offices for the training.
The anti-discrimination training is “designed to address implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, prevent discrimination and ensure everyone inside a Starbucks store feels safe and welcome,” according to the company announcement Tuesday.
Nearly 175,000 employees in the U.S. will receive the training.
The Seattle-based chain received criticism after staff at the Philadelphia location called police on two men when they didn’t buy anything and asked to use the restrooms.
The two men were told restrooms were for paying customers only. The two men explained they were waiting for a friend, who arrived later. Police arrested them, though Starbucks didn›t press charges.
The CEO of Starbucks has apologized for Thursday’s incident, and on Monday the coffee giant confirmed the Philadelphia employee who called the police no longer is with Starbucks.