Starbucks Canada Is Prepared To Switch To Drive-Thru Only If COVID-19 Gets Worse
There could also be a switch to mobile order-only scenarios.
It might get more difficult to go in and buy coffee at one popular chain soon. Starbucks Canada's coronavirus response could mean a switch to drive-thrus only across the country. There are also so many other things the coffee giant is prepared to do.
As the COVID-19 situation continues around the world, Starbucks sent out an email to customers saying they are already prepared to make changes in Canada if it gets worse.
Any possible moves made to ensure the health and safety of workers and customers will be looked at on a store by store basis.
"While we are currently maintaining regular operations across the U.S. and Canada, our stores are prepared to modify operations with options that still allow us to serve you your favourite beverage and food," said Kevin Johnson, CEO of Starbucks, in a letter.
That could mean only having the drive-thru be open instead of people going into the store and ordering there.
Starbucks is also prepared to do mobile order-only scenarios for pick up through the app or delivery through Uber Eats.
So you'd order ahead of time on the app and only go into a store to pick it up or have it delivered to you.
There could be changes inside by limiting the amount of seating so that there is more distance between people.
As a last resort, Starbucks will close a store if there's a government order to do so or if it's best for customers and employees.
Johnson said that in any situation related to changes because of COVID-19, "we expect store disruption to be temporary."
Starbucks has already taken precautions against the virus, likeand "for here" plates and cups.
Stores have also increased cleaning and are prepared to respond quickly to any emerging situation related to COVID-19.
Canada currently has more than 1,400 Starbucks locations that could be affected by any of these changes.