Updated on May 28 with additional details on closure timing.
PSA: All company-owned Starbucks stores in the United States (more than 8,000 of them) will be closed on the afternoon of May 29. Plan accordingly.
Most Starbucks locations will be closing at 2:30 p.m., though you can double check their official website for specific times. Licensed stores not run by the company -- for example, the Starbucks you might find in your local Target store -- do not have to close.
They're closing for a good reason. The company will be conducting racial-bias education "geared toward preventing discrimination in our stores," according to a statement from Starbucks. The training will involve more than 175,000 employees and, in the future, will be given to new employees as they are hired.
The announcement comes on the heels of Starbucks being in hot water for an incident in Philadelphia on April 12, when two black men were arrested for trespassing when they sat inside the store without ordering anything. According to tweets and video from other customers at the Starbucks, the men were waiting for a friend, who did later show up.
The incident inspired large protests, and Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson recently met with Mayor Jim Kenney to discuss the what happened and how to control the damage. The manager of the Starbucks location in question is no longer a manager there.
"I've spent the last few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it," Johnson said. "While this is not limited to Starbucks, we're committed to being a part of the solution. Closing our stores for racial bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities."
If you need to make different coffee plans in D-FW for May 29, we have a list of local shops you should check out.