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Starbucks’ latest safety closure shocks Indiana community

An Indianapolis, Indiana, Starbucks location in the city’s downtown is the latest to close due to public safety concerns, which has confused some business owners and community members who claim not to have had any problems with crime.

“We have not been made aware of any type of security issue,” Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Downtown District Commander Phil Burton told Fox 59.

“We’re doing everything we can to keep those who live, work and visit downtown safe, so this is truly an unfortunate incident, Starbucks not reaching out to me as a commander, let alone my community relations sergeant or any officer for that matter.”

The Monument Circle location will close from October 28, according to local reports. A Starbucks spokesperson confirmed the closure of Fox 59, explaining that “the company’s first priority is to ensure that our partners are safe on the job.”

“We regularly review the partner and customer experience in our stores to see if the store is thriving, if partners (employees) feel supported and if we are meeting customer needs. Our local leaders are, and have always been , empowered to use the many resources at their disposal to change how stores operate and create the best experience for our communities. But if necessary, we will make the decision to close a store,” the spokesperson said.

“Our first priority is to make sure our partners are safe at work. We will continue to work to ensure partners can focus on making great drinks and bonding in a safe, warm and welcoming environment. “

“Yeah, downtown is very safe,” Burton told WRTV. “Downtown crime is only about 5% of total crime in the city of Indianapolis.” in, not only as customers, but they come in every morning every day just to say hello and see how we are. For me, I have no concerns with my safety or the safety of my staff because we have protocols in place,” said Kim Nething, owner of candy and soda store Rocket Fizz.

Burton called the closure “unfortunate” and lamented that the chain did not speak to police about any concerns before a closure decision was made.

A call was made to Starbucks police in 2022, according to Fox 59, for a report of theft and assault by an employee. The suspect has been arrested in the case.

The manager of the nearby soup shop, Soupremacy, echoed Nething saying she too had no safety concerns for her staff.

“I don’t feel in danger. I think you know, we have a lot of homeless people here, but they’re staying pretty much alone,” Chrystal Chadwick said. “We don’t have a lot of people asking to use the toilet. If they do, they buy something, I let them use the toilet.”

“I personally just got off the streets not too long ago, so I know what it’s like to be out there,” Chadwick explained.

Republican members of the city council, however, sounded the alarm after the announcement, calling on city leaders to tackle crime problems before they potentially soar.

“For years we’ve said this city needs to take public safety seriously, and now businesses are closing on Monument Circle because we can’t keep it safe. It’s time for the district attorney, the mayor and the council to stand up. come together to try to address this issue before it escalates. We look forward to action,” Indianapolis-Marion County City Councilman Brian Mowery wrote in a statement on his behalf and on behalf of of four other Republican council members, according to local outlet WISH.

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