27 Jul '15, 12pm

In Ferguson, Where the World Saw Destruction Starbucks Sees Promise

When Starbucks chairman and ceo Howard Schultz traveled to St. Louis, Missouri earlier this year for the fourth in a series of partner forums on race , he embarked a low-profile side trip to nearby Ferguson. The city continued to show signs from the rioting and confrontations between police and demonstrators the previous summer after the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. But there was more on display in the city of 21,000 than destruction. There was promise. Starbucks director of community investments Rodney Hines, who was along on the visit, thought that despite the burned-out buildings and broken windows, the essence of a viable community could be seen. As the tour continued, Schultz suggested “there should be a Starbucks here.” Earlier this month, Starbucks announced plans to build a store in Ferguson, as part of an accelerated program to open stores in 15 diverse u...

Full article: https://news.starbucks.com/news/starbucks-to-open-in-ferg...

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