Starbucks Closes Union-Active Stores

Starbucks has temporarily closed two of the five stores in the Buffalo market where baristas have been agitating to unionize the company workforce. As we told you in past issues, workers in (originally three) now five stores in the upstate New York city have petitioned the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to authorize and schedule…

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Coffee Chain Agrees to Union

Speaking of unionizing efforts, it was disappointing, to say the least, to read that the small Cambridge-based coffee chain, Darwins had voluntarily agreed to recognize its employees as unionized without going through a formal NLRB election process. Instead, the 4-unit chain will collectively bargain with Darwins United, which has established itself as an affiliate of…

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Starbucks Prepares for Union Effort

As we advised you a shortly before Labor Day, Starbucks is looking down the barrel of the unionizing shotgun in upstate New York as baristas in three Buffalo stores have petitioned the NLRB for a union representation election. In response, Starbucks this week attempted to significantly expand the playing field by responding to the NLRB…

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Workers Unionizing Starbucks Buffalo

Starbucks is facing another unionizing effort amongst its barista “partners” again, this time in Buffalo, New York. You’ll recall that we reported just a few weeks ago that two employees fired from a Philadelphia Starbucks for unionizing activities (protected under the National Labor Relations Act) had prevailed in a legal challenge before an NLRB Administrative…

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Starbucks

Earlier this month, Starbucks announced that it will increase the starting wage for its baristas in all stores to $12 an hour beginning in October. The company had previously announced plans for the across-the-board increase to take place in January, but pointed to better than expected performance to justify the early increases. Elsewhere, two baristas…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Our DDIFO Restaurant Analyst, John Gordon of Pacific Management Consulting Group, picked up on some interesting points in an article ostensibly on Starbucks and the comeback of coffee sales from the pandemic (judging by the headline) that also unofficially showed number of visits per month to Dunkin’ rising and outperforming both Starbucks and Panera for…

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Starbucks

On its earnings call on Tuesday of this week, Starbucks reported respectable earnings, beating both expected revenues ($22 million) and EPS ($.22 EPS, GAAP basis) for Fiscal Quarter 3.  In the US, it has regained most of its prior position with same-store sales plus 10% versus Q3 in 2019 (plus 83% versus 2020). Virtually all…

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Competitor News

With a strong base of 400 stores in Oregon, Washington and Northern California, Dutch Bros. confirmed this week that it is readying an Initial Public Offering (IPO) to take the company public. They have some company stores but are mostly franchised with drive-thrus. With sales per unit of $1.46 million, the brand’s forte is the…

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Starbucks

Starbucks reported positive same store sales of plus 9% in the company’s Q2 earnings report on Tuesday of this week. The favorable result was comprised of positive ticket of 22% along with negative transactions of 10%. Against a backdrop of increased 2021 guidance, the company’s tone was very self-congratulatory notwithstanding that it was still comparing…

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Miscellaneous

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) reported this week that small business job openings set a new record in the month of March with 42% of the responding firms reporting that they had job openings last month. Further, NFIB reports that 56% of business owners added workers during the month while 25% of those…

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