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Starbucks stores to close for day of racial-bias training


The Starbucks at Indiana Avenue is closed Tuesday, May 29, in Bloomington, Indiana. Starbucks is closing more than 8,000 stores nationwide for what the company is calling "racial-bias education" training. Zheng Guan Buy Photos

Starbucks is closing more than 8,000 stores Tuesday for what the company is calling "racial-bias education" training. 

The training comes after two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia location for not buying anything while they waited there. The Starbucks manager had called the police because the two men had not bought anything while they waited for a friend.  Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson called the episode 'reprehensible' in a statement afterwards. 

Starbucks has since apologized for the incident and has organized Tuesday's training day.

The closings affect several Bloomington stores, but some locations, like the one in the Indiana Memorial Union, are maintaining their regular hours because of their contract with the University and IMU.

Bloomington store hours are as follows for Tuesday:

Indiana Memorial Union: Open until 11 p.m.

Indiana Avenue: Open until 2:30 p.m.

Third Street and 46 Bypass: Open until 2:30 p.m.

Walnut Street and Miller Drive: Open until 2:30 p.m.

State Road 48 and State Road 37, Bloomington: Open until 2:30 p.m.

Kroger Starbucks at 1175 S. College Mall Road: Open until 9:00 p.m. 

Target Starbucks at 2966 E Third Street: Open until 9:00 p.m

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