Calm down addicts! It's only for 3 hours. 'm not sure if it's just US stores or those in Canada as well. Also it's just standalone stores and not those inside book sotres and supermarkets so there will be a lot of driving around that evening for a latte fix.
Starbucks plans to close the stores for three hours (5:30 pm -8:30 pm local time) on the evening of Feb. 26 to retrain about 135,000 in-store employees and people who oversee the stores. Some people are speculating that the company is going back to manual expresso machines but Starbucks says there will be no new equipment involved.
The retraining is part of Starbucks' plan to revive its brand and sales growth, which by one measure sank to an all-time low last quarter.