Competitor News

It was reported this week that Starbucks investors raised questions on the equality of sick leave offered by the company to their corporate employees versus their retail service personnel. Starbucks investor Zevin Asset Management had let it be known that it would be looking closely at company sick leave policies at several of the companies…

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Coffee Connections

There usually isn’t enough coffee news to warrant its own discussion in Small Regular, but it seems this week might be the exception. You can stay up on the latest of the drama within the Tim Horton’s brand by checking out this article on Blue Mau Mau last week. It seems the Tim Horton brand…

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Competitor News

Dunkin’ wasn’t alone in making a new hire right after the Labor Day holiday as Starbucks announced on Wednesday that Board member and former Sam’s Club executive Rosalind Brewer had been appointed to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer. Brewer will assume the post on October 2. McDonald’s this week announced a deal…

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Miscellaneous

Two different court actions are notable this week as shopping center giant Simon Property Group filed a lawsuit against Starbucks over the company’s decision to close all 379 of its Teavana stores. According to the court action, 78 of those stores are in Simon malls and would constitute breach of their leases if the company…

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Miscellaneous

It was bad news all around relative to the restaurant industry economy in the month of July, as both same store sales and traffic both dropped in the height of the summer months and the growth in average ticket slowed to a trickle during the month. SSS fell 2.8 percent during the month, down 1.8…

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Competitor News

Starbucks announced yesterday that it will close all 379 of its Teavana stores over the course of the next year, with many of the underperforming units closing as early as next spring. Additionally, the company has announced that it will purchase the remaining 50 percent stake in its East China joint venture for $1.3 billion…

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Competitor News

With sales sluggish and flatter across much of the QSR sector, Starbucks is expanding its use of nitrogen-infused coffee as one of the lures to spike higher customer counts and comparable sales. The foamy brew will not yet be in all Starbucks markets, but it is being expanded both nationally as well as in the…

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Competitor News

The big news again this week from Dunkin’ competitors would seem to be news of Tim Horton franchisees being fed up with some of the actions of their franchisor, Restaurant Brands International, which bought the chain back in 2014. The Great White North Franchisee Association (GWNFA), which was recently formed to represent the interests of…

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Competitor News

Starbucks continues to expand its presence in meals sales and is now testing Snap Kitchen products in 5 stores within the Houston market. Snap Kitchens, based in Texas, specializes in healthier grab-and-go meals. Under new CEO Kevin Johnson, the company will be expanding the Snap Kitchen test to other areas soon, while at the same…

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Miscellaneous

Amidst all this talk (and legislative activity) about increasing wages and protecting workers, We couldn’t miss the irony of a story from a few weeks reporting that a class action lawsuit has been filed against the Democratic National Committee on behalf of 40-50 “field organizers” who allege that they were denied overtime compensation and minimum…

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