Already Defeated, Starbucks Uses Katrina As An Excuse To Pull Out Of New Orleans
Normally a successful predator, Starbucks has yet to reopen a single coffeeshop in New Orleans nearly 3 months Post-K and are undoubtably going to use Katrina as an excuse to pull out of the city that rejected their crappy coffee.
By the third week Post-K, I was getting coffee from a local PJ's and trust me, that little touch of civilization was one of my fondest memories from that first month. Since then, nearly every local independent has reopened and are pouring their way back to financial success.
So where's Starbucks? They did make an effort, at least publically, to support the rebuilding efforts on the Gulf Coast and have reopened many stores in the areas surrounding New Orleans, but not a single location in the city. Their union is even curious about this.
Oh well, I guess they know when they've been beaten... but don't worry Starbucks, we down here know it had nothing to do with Katrina.