Starbucks is closing thousands of its stores this afternoon so employees can attend mandatory anti-bias training for employees.

The Seattle-based chain ordered the sessions after the manager of a Philadelphia Starbucks called police to arrest two African American men who were sitting in the store without buying anything.

 

8,000 company-owned stores around the United States will shut their doors early today.

These Shreveport Bossier Starbucks stores will be closing early:

70th & Youree closing at 2:30 PM

Bert Kouns & I-49 closing at 2:30 PM

Line & Pierremont closing at 2:30 PM

I-20 & Airline closes at 2:15 PM

Airline & Beene closing at 2:30 PM

The other locations in Shreveport Bossier will have regular hours.
Starbucks workers will break into groups to undergo training. Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz, chief executive officer Kevin Johnson and musician and activist Common will serve as virtual guides. Employees will talk about their own experiences and watch a film about bias, the company announced.