The tip situation at Starbucks is a bit ajar.
Starbucks baristas in New York have banded together to fight a company policy that forces them to share their tips with higher-salaried employees, such as assistant managers and shift supervisors.
“This case goes way beyond Starbucks—this would be a huge win for the restaurant industry in Read More
Say Hello to 'Philip'
Turns out Derek Jeter lacks imagination when it comes to things that are not sports or women.
The Uber-Yankee has been caught trying to hoodwink employees in a Greenwich Village Starbucks into believing he’s a man called Philip, according to The New York Post. The plan may have failed when they released he’s Read More
Tales of Retail
James Joyce once puzzled whether it would be possible to cross Dublin without passing a pub. As it turns out, despite having more than 22 pubs per square mile, with the help of a computer algorithm, it just barely is. Today, after The Center for an Urban Future released its fifth annual study ranking the national retailers popping up all over in New York City, it might have found a harder puzzle to solve. With a reported 24 locations per square mile, is it possible to cross New York without passing a chain store?
The report showed a 2.4 percent increase in the total number of chains over the past year, despite prominent retailers like Filene’s Basement and Betsey Johnson closing their doors. It is boom maintained by trusty stalwarts like Dunkin Donuts, which opened 18 stores in the last year for a total of 484 citywide, followed closely by Subways, with 454 locations, and despite seeming to be on every street corner, Starbucks, with a mere 272 locations.
Gays in the rainy Northwest have reason to celebrate tonight: the Washington State Senate voted 28-21 in favor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage there.
The poetically-named SB 6239, which was supported by major corporations with Washington interests such as Starbucks and Google, will now go to the House, where it also likely to pass. Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has indicated in several public statements that she will sign the bill once it lands on her desk.
The Lease Beat
Not many landlords would have reason to celebrate landing a deal with Starbucks, a nearly ubiquitous retail presence in Manhattan.
But at 1140 Broadway, a roughly 200,000 square foot building owned by Colliers International executives Andy Roos and Michael Cohen, the deal the pair recently negotiated with the coffeehouse giant felt notable.
No, it has nothing to due with the Mister PeePee, the chronic, chronicling jack-off artist with a penchant for pumpkin soy lattes. The reason that several of New York City’s 180+ Starbucks locations are closing off access to their restrooms is because of you.
You may have already heard of Mister PeePee, a man on a mission to go around jerking off in every Starbucks bathroom in the city and then rating the lavatory on several key factors. (I.e. cleanliness, whether or not anyone knocked while he was trying to do his business, coffee taste). What you don’t know is how Mister Peepee is actually doing you a service.
For caffeine guzzlers unable to find one of the 17,000 Starbucks currently operating on, oh, every other block across 50 countries, the search just got a little easier.
Indeed, W&H Properties inked a 10-year, 1,189-square-foot lease for the Seattle-based coffee brewer in its last remaining retail space at 1350 Broadway, brokers told The Commercial Observer.
This letter, from former Governor Paterson is hanging on the wall in the New York Observer‘s conference room. In it, Paterson politely declines my publisher’s $5 Starbucks giftcard, due to the strict nature of Albany’s ethics rules.
I officially start here tomorrow, but couldn’t resist sharing that one. Hopefully, tomorrow I’ll have newsier information Read More
You can already follow the trail of Crumbs from the tip of the island almost to the top of Central Park. But the cupcake maker could eventually become one of the city’s most ubiquitous food chains.
“How many locations does Starbucks have?” Newmark Knight Frank’s Jeff Roseman, who represents the tenant, asked The Commercial Observer Read More