Coffee drinkers rejoice! It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for: Starbucks is preparing to reopen cafes as some U.S. states report that the number of new coronavirus cases has plateaued or even declined.
The coffee chain closed most of its U.S. and Canadian cafes on March 21, limiting service to delivery and drive-thru only. Now, some cafes will continue as a drive-thru only, while others without a drive-thru lane may reopen for to-go orders.
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said field leaders will use the local status of the health crisis, guidance from officials, community sentiment, and operational readiness of the individual location to inform their decisions about whether or not to open.
Cafe closures, social distancing measures, and shelter-in-place mandates hit Starbucks’ U.S. sales in the fiscal second quarter. During the last week of March, same-store sales in the company’s home market plummeted by 60% to 70% as only less than half of its company-operated stores were still operating.
So don’t fret, you’ll soon be able to put your coffee maker back in the closet and get your caffeine fix with a to-go order from Starbucks. Things are looking up, and we have a latte to be thankful for.