NRN editors discuss Starbucks and Chipotle store closures

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This week on Extra Serving, a podcast from Nation’s Restaurant News, NRN editors Holly Petre, Sam Oches and Leigh Anne Zinsmeister discuss the leaked video of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz saying he would shut “a lot more stores”.

The video, which was leaked by a conservative Canadian blog, shows Schultz growing increasingly angry as he talks about store closures and the state of homelessness in the country, accusing municipal governments of their inaction. The team discussed the significance of the store closures following Starbucks’ unionization efforts, with nearly 200 stores now unionized.

Additionally, the team discussed Chipotle closing its first store to vote on unionization. The first Chipotle store ready to vote to unionize was closed due to a lack of staff, according to Chipotle, but workers accuse the company of being anti-union. The team spoke about what this means for the future of unions at the fast casual giant.

Finally, the team discussed Domino’s lagging quarterly results. While they weren’t terrible, they were a let down for the company which has seen double-digit increases throughout the COVID pandemic. While a negative 2.9% decline in national same-store sales doesn’t sound too bad, it does reflect a larger trend and the team discussed what that means and why it could possibly impact the market. entire industry.


This week’s interview is David Birzon, CEO of Snooze, an AM Eatery. He sat down with Bret Thorn as part of our Snapshots of Success series where the two discussed the brand’s new virtual brand, Bodegga.

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