17 Starbucks stores in Knox, Loudon, and Sevier counties will close for a few hours Tuesday afternoon for employees to receive racial bias training following an incident in Philadelphia in April.
The stores will close at 2:30 p.m. and will not reopen for three to four hours. Most of the closings will take place in stand-alone shops, so if you're still craving an afternoon coffee, you may be able to find one at Starbucks locations inside grocery stores, libraries and hotels.
You can find a full list of today's business hours for East Tennessee locations at the company's store locator.
East Tennessee Closings Include:
Kingston Pike and Montvue
West Town Mall
North Cedar Bluff and Park West Blvd
Kingston Pike at Sherill Hill
Kingston Pike and Newcomb Ave.
Northshore and Pellissippi
Parkside Drive Turkey Creek
Cumberland Ave and 21st Street
I-75 at Merchant Road
Cusick and Alcoa
I-75 and Emory
Watkins and Lamar Alexander Parkway
Oak Ridge Tpke and Main Street
Lenoir City Hwy 321 and Kelsey Lane
Hwy 66 and US 411
Tanger Outlets Sevierville
Parkway and Wears Valley Road
The local stores are just a few of the more than 8,000 Starbucks locations that will close nationwide this afternoon as part of an effort to train employees, offer reconciliation and improve company image after a manager called the police on two black men in a Starbucks in Philadelphia while they were waiting for a friend.
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