Bed-Stuy’s First Starbucks Prioritizes Job Training, Community Space
USA – A Starbucks opening in the area is often a sign of gentrification, but the chain’s new location in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood is looking to bolster the local community rather than force it out. Located near the Woodhull Medical Center, this new store is taking an innovative approach: staffing its crew with 95% local residents and reserving space for community programing and job training. The idea is that this Starbucks will enhance the current community rather than disrupt the neighborhood. For its opening coffee tasting, Local Council member Robert Cornegy and Starbucks corporate employees were on hand to answer questions and address concerns. The 2,500-square-foot location also features a mural painted by a local artist.