On the heels of the announcement that the “Big Gay Starbucks” in WeHo is closing due to safety concerns, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz took aim this week at progressive cities like West Hollywood.
“I must say, in my view at the local, state and federal level, these governments across the country and leaders, mayors and governors, city councils have abdicated their responsibility in fighting crime and addressing mental health,” Schultz was reported to have said at a private meeting, according to a video posted on Twitter.
Starbucks will be closing six locations in Los Angeles and 10 others in places like Portland, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Seattle — all run by progressive mayors and councils.
“Starbucks is a window into America, we have stores in every community, and we are facing things which the stores were not built for. . . . We’re listening to our people and closing stores, and this is just the beginning. There are going to be many more,” he said Wednesday.