Joke of the Week: UPDATE: Four Chattanooga-area Starbucks to close Tuesday for ‘racial bias education’

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Brainerd Starbucks store manager Samantha Weber said an estimated 100 employees will take part in the training from the four, company-owned stores in the Chattanooga area as well as roughly 50 employees at two Cleveland, Tenn. stores.

Across the nation, Starbucks will be closing its more than 8,000 company-owned stores Tuesday for racial-bias education. Several of those stores are located in the Tennessee Valley.

In Chattanooga, TN, Channel 3 reached out to those corporate Starbucks locations to learn what their hours will be on Tuesday

Store Location Close Reopen 
HWY 153 at Hamill Road 2:30 pm on Tuesday 5:30 am on Wednesday
Shallowford & Napier 2:30 pm on Tuesday 4:30 am on Wednesday
Gunbarrel Rd at Jarnigan Rd 2:30 pm on Tuesday 5:30 am on Wednesday
Brainerd Rd & Belaire 3:00 pm on Tuesday 5:30 am on Wednesday
Keith St & 1st St 2:30 pm on Tuesday 5:00 am on Wednesday
Paul Huff Parkway & I-75 2:30 pm on Tuesday 5:30 am on Wednesday

All of the corporate locations we spoke with said they will not reopen until Wednesday morning.

Starbucks said licensed stores will remain open: “While Starbucks is closing all 8,000+ company-operated Starbucks® stores on May 29, most of its 7,000 licensed stores, like those operated by major grocery stores, hotels, universities or airports, are expected to remain open. Starbucks is sharing its training content with its licensed business partners, so they may have the option to make it available to their employees at a later date.”

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