Those coffee aficionados addicted to Starbucks received some good news May 5 when corporate headquarters announced a plan to open 85 percent of shops.
Bridgehampton’s Starbucks reopened May 6 for mobile ordering and delivery. Signs were posted at the entrances only allowing one customer at a time inside to pick up orders Baristas bring coffees, frappuccinos, and the like to a group of tables that bar customers from getting too far into the shop. A sign also asked waiting customers to stand six feet apart.
The Starbucks locations in Southampton and Hampton Bays have also reopened. The East Hampton Village and Riverhead locations remained closed as of May 5.
CEO Kevin Johnson told employees in an open letter that the initiative means “every community will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation” and decide when to fully reopen cafes depending on local conditions.
Johnson acknowledged the decision is a “human one,” based on complex and ever-shifting information, but field leaders will assess the situation in their areas based on four main factors: “The local status of the public health crisis, guidance from health and government officials, community sentiment and store operational readiness.”