Last month, Starbucks announced plans to expand its Community Store initiative, which supports economic opportunity in diverse, low- to medium-income urban neighborhoods across the country, by opening 100 new Community Stores by 2025. Starbucks has opened 14 of these stores since the program’s inception in 2015, in locations like White Center, WA; Queens, NY; Milwaukee, WI; and Ferguson, MI. Their success inspired this expansion, with new Community Stores planned in Los Angeles, CA; Anacostia, D.C.; and Prince George’s County, MD.
Starbucks founded the initiative as part of its goal of hiring 10,000 “Opportunity Youth” (young ages 16-24 who face systemic barriers to meaningful jobs and education). In select locations, the company focuses on factors like high youth unemployment, low median household income and economically distressed areas. more »