Starbucks is expanding its commitment to developing neighborhood-focused community stores in underserved areas nationwide, with plans to expand the effort by 85 stores from the company’s original commitment in 2015, the company announced.
The community stores create economic opportunity through local hiring, working with a diverse group of contractors for construction projects and providing dedicated space to support community group meetings. In addition, Starbucks partners with local United Way chapters to provide neighborhood-specific programing through the community stores ― including life-skills training for youth and mentorship programs.
Currently, there are 14 Starbucks community stores nationwide, with one of the first created in White Center in south Seattle. By 2025, Starbucks now plans to open a total of 100 community stores focused on improving opportunities in underserved rural and urban areas across the country .
“We believe it is our role and responsibility to partner with those in the communities we serve to help make a positive economic and social impact,” says John Kelly, executive vice president of public affairs at Seattle-based Starbucks. “These stores are successful and it’s time to expand the model. Over the last five years, we’ve seen these Community Stores empower our partners and customers to create meaningful impact that is localized and relevant to their neighborhoods.”
To date, some 300 local jobs have been created through the 14 existing community stores, according to the company, and nearly $60 million in economic impact has been generated through store construction and the creation of an estimated 1,100 indirect jobs.
“To scale the program to 100 locations by 2025, Starbucks will focus on supporting store remodels in addition to new development projects,” Starbucks states in a press announcement about the program expansion. “…The company will prioritize developing cafes in economically distressed communities, or Opportunity Zones.”