Founder and CEO of the franchise, Michael Going, is reportedly working with landlords and developers to stake out promising locations for the coffeehouses' expansion plans in the country.
"We look at that as an opportunity for us to step in and infill in some of the locations that they’re leaving behind," he said. "We know that out of those there are a number of locations that we would be very interested in and we’re already starting to move on a few of those."
Going said his team is not looking at all of the hundreds of Starbucks locations that are closing but is considering their potential in terms of real estate quality and consumer traffic since they're in neighbourhoods that will be "left without a favourite local coffee shop."
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"We have committed to donating excess doses," Anand responded, before adding that Justin Trudeau and Health Minister Patty Hajdu had spoken on the issue previously.
She said Canada's leading officials are "on the same page in terms of the need to donate excess doses that Canadians aren't using," adding that the feds are "thinking of all of the options relating to any excess doses."