Starbucks to close stores May 29 for bias training

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NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks says it will close its more than 8,000 U.S. stores for several hours next month to conduct racial-bias training to its nearly 175,000 workers.

The announcement comes after two black men were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks store, sparking protests and calls for a boycott on social media.

Starbucks says CEO Kevin Johnson met with the two black men who were arrested in a Philadelphia store last week.

 A Starbucks spokeswoman confirmed the meeting happened Monday but declined to give any details

Starbucks Corp. says the stores will be closed on the afternoon on May 29. Its corporate offices will also be closed at that time.

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