On Friday, June 28, Starbucks will open a new store in New Orleans, located at 2851 South Claiborne Ave, New Orleans 70125, as part of the company’s ongoing initiative to support economic development in diverse, underserved areas of the country.
Each location, including the store in New Orleans, aims to support the community by creating new jobs, engaging minority-owned businesses and collaborating with local nonprofits to support and create needed opportunities for the community.
Since launching the initiative in 2015, Starbucks has opened 12 other stores across the country in Jamaica in Queens, New York; Ferguson, Missouri.; Phoenix; Englewood in the southside of Chicago; east Baltimore; Long Beach, California; Trenton, New Jersey; White Center in south Seattle; Miami Gardens, Florida; Birmingham, Alabama; Dallas, Texas; and Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The new Starbucks in New Orleans has created more than 30 local jobs by hiring partners (employees) from the area. Hiring local partners is an important part of Starbucks strategy to support economic development and build stronger connections with the community. Both qualifying full-time and part-time partners at the New Orleans store will able to take advantage of the company’s leading benefits, including full health care coverage and equity in the form of stock; the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, which gives partners the opportunity to get a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University with full tuition reimbursement; and more.
Working with Minority-Owned Businesses and Artists
As with each of its Community Stores around the country, Starbucks worked with a minority-owned general contractor to build the store, in this case, Baton Rouge-based Tillage Construction. The store also features a mural from local artist Brandan “BMike” Odums that is reflective of the lively New Orleans neighborhood and spirit.
We aim to engage our local communities through our partners (employees), dream big about what we can accomplish, and celebrate local events and projects. Like other community stores, the new location in New Orleans will include a dedicated space where local non-profit collaborators, led by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana, can organize and deliver workforce development seminars with a focus on wrap-around services for Opportunity Youth in the community. Other community organizations can also use to support their programs that give back to the local area and people. That includes additional workforce training programs to group gatherings.
By providing partners, community organizations, and non-profits with the resources and inspiration to own the engagement in the New Orleans store, Starbucks can build lasting relationships with community members and organizations and leave a long-term impact on the neighborhood.
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