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Starbucks founder Howard Schultz will step down as executive chairman and member of the Board of Directors on June 26. Schultz, who said he set out to build the company his blue-collar father never had the chance to work for, grew Starbucks from 11 stores to more than 28,000 stores in 77 countries while reimagining the role of a for-profit company.
In his farewell letter to more than 2 million past and present Starbucks partners, founder and executive chairman Howard Schultz expressed his gratitude for the creativity, hard work and love all of them pour into the company. “I’ll never say goodbye to you,” he wrote. “Just thank you.” After nearly four decades with Starbucks, Schultz will step down as executive chairman and a member of the Board of Directors on June 26.
Starbucks is putting a flavorful spin on three customer favorites that will also become part of its permanent menu for participating stores in the United States and Canada.
On May 29, we closed 8,000 Starbucks stores in the United States for four hours—so 175,000 Starbucks partners could come together for a conversation and learning session on racial bias.
This afternoon Starbucks will close more than 8,000 stores and begin a new chapter in our history.
More than 8,000 Starbucks company-owned stores and offices across the U.S. will close in the afternoon on May 29 for a conversation and learning session on race, bias, and the building of a diverse welcoming company.
Rosalind Gates Brewer, chief operating officer at Starbucks, was the commencement speaker Sunday at Spelman College, 34 years after she graduated. The full circle moment was deeply meaningful for Brewer, who dared graduates to “continue to seek out education and opportunity and influence and power and truth.”
Starbucks customers can take a piece of Kelsey Montague’s art wherever they go with S’well bottles. The series of four limited-edition 17-ounce bottles are available exclusively at select Starbucks stores in the United States and Canada.