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Starbucks Opens Two Coffeehouses in Harlem

By Tony Lingefors
Epoch Times Staff
Jun 23, 2008

MAKING AN IMPACT: The Harlem-based IMPACT Repertory Theatre, performed outside of Starbucks on Frederick Douglas Blvd at the store's grand opening festivities on June 20.(Tony Lingefors/The Epoch Times)
MAKING AN IMPACT: The Harlem-based IMPACT Repertory Theatre, performed outside of Starbucks on Frederick Douglas Blvd at the store's grand opening festivities on June 20.(Tony Lingefors/The Epoch Times)


New York—On June 20, Starbucks announced the opening of two new coffeehouses in Harlem at 2195 Frederick Douglas Blvd and 201 W. 125th Street. President of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, Lloyd Williams welcomed the new stores to the neighborhood.

Starbucks says it recognizes the relationship between its success and the strength and vitality of the communities in which it does business. Therefore, it is proud of supporting the Harlem-based IMPACT Repertory Theatre, a non-profit organization that uses performance of art to empower youth by developing leadership skills through performances, community service, tutoring, and mentoring. IMPACT kicked off the store opening ceremony on Fredderick Douglas Blvd. with selections of song and dance form their repertory.

Starbucks, with their coffeehouse dominance and pervasive green logo in almost every corner of the world, has over 16,000 stores in 45 countries. The first Starbucks opened in Harlem nearly a decade ago at 77-83 West 125th Street. The store has become a popular meeting place in the neighborhood.

"We're proud to continue our commitment to building a strong relationship with the Harlem community," said Alex Salas, district manager. "We've had the opportunity to develop a true connection with people here over the past decade with our store at 125th Street and Lenox, and we look forward to a bright future in the area."

Lloyd Williams is proud of Harlem's on-going growth and its developments in business, art, culture, and entertainment. "We are very pleased that Starbucks is expanding its presence in Harlem and has announced their commitment to the cultivation of new jobs and business opportunities in our communities," said Williams.

Jennifer Grodi, Store Manager for Starbucks at Frederick Douglas Blvd, hopes the new store will be popular and appreciated among the costumers.

"I think it's going to be a place where everyone in the community can gather, and so far our costumer base has been very diverse. Everybody is just welcome to the neighborhood."

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