Starbucks closing downtown Spokane location because of safety concerns

SPOKANE, Wash – Spokane is closing its downtown Spokane location at 2nd and Division because of concerns over safety and security of employees and customers.

The store will close, effective October 23rd.

When asked about the closure, Starbucks pointed to this letter sent over the summer about safety concerns in locations nationwide.

At the time, Starbucks closed several locations nationwide over security concerns for customers and employees.

In July, the Starbucks at 2nd and Division moved to a drive-thru only model, closing its lobby because of safety concerns.

“Our stores are windows into America and every day, our partners witness the challenges facing our communities – challenges to personal safety and security, racism, a growing mental health crisis, and issues magnified by covid,” said a Starbucks spokesperson. “These challenges play out within our stores – affecting our partners, our communities, and our customers alike.”

Employees at the closing location will be given the option to transfer to other Starbucks stores.