Six Starbucks stores in the Los Angeles area are now closed, and the coffee giant cited security issues. The closures became more important due to an ongoing unionization effort at Starbucks headquarters in the U.S. U.S., LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Six Starbucks stores in the Los Angeles area are closed, and the coffee giant cited safety issues. The coffee company announced last month that 16 stores across the country would close due to problems such as chronic homelessness and protest vandalism.
On Sunday, a Starbucks in West Hollywood was full of people, but 24 hours later, it was a very different story. Signs were removed, doors closed, and discarded plastic cups were hung in an empty courtyard. Starbucks closed doors permanently at 16 stores across the country on Monday. Six closures are in the L, A area, including two points outside Hollywood Boulevard in L, A.
and one location in front of Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. West Hollywood residents said business had been a staple in the neighborhood and some said the situation could have been handled differently. Starbucks said vandalism, property theft and increased crime were the main reasons for the closures. Starbucks stores have voted to unionize since the end of last year, according to the National Labor Relations Board.
But Starbucks insisted that the shutdowns were not related to the unionization campaign. Labor law doesn't prevent Starbucks from closing its stores for business reasons. But you can't close a store, whether unionized or not, in retaliation against labor organizers. Other cities where stores have closed are Portland, Seattle, Philadelphia and Washington, D., C.
Due to a large number of challenging incidents, the company said. The Associated Press contributed to this report. UC 'Urvine' sweatshirts go viral and become hot item at Costco OC jewelry store owner shoots intruders who tried to steal Trump calls Biden 'enemy of the state' during first rally since FBI raid. The locations, six of them in the Los Angeles County area, in late July, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The budget for the next two fiscal years will leave West Hollywood with up to five fewer Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies on patrol. Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore addressed the shutdowns on Tuesday, stating that he hopes to sit down with Starbucks officials in the near future to counter his concerns. Six Starbucks locations in Los Angeles will close in the coming weeks due to what the company calls a high frequency of challenging incidents. In recent months, residents and business owners have expressed opposition to cutting the police budget amid a crime wave across Los Angeles County.
Locations, six of them in Los Angeles County, in late July due to an increase in crime and drug use among customers and non-paying customers, which has made employees feel uncomfortable.