Landlords are not happy with Starbuck's rent relief relief request in the height of the coronavirus.
Workers who choose to enter the program will have their health care premiums covered in full by Starbucks through Sept. 30.
The new Iced Guava Passionfruit Drink will join other seasonal items on the menu this summer as the coffee giant continues to reopen stores under modified operations and hours.
A growing number of national restaurant chains are asking for rent reductions, even as businesses start to reopen, and landlords are privately fuming over such requests.
Starbucks is seeking rent breaks as it ramps up U.S. store reopening following weeks of limited operation.
Luckin Coffee has fired its CEO and COO after its fraud scandal.
The coffee giant hopes to have upwards of 90 percent of its stores open to the public by early June, under modified operations and hours.
The company is implementing what it calls a "monitor and adapt" phase where it will reopen various cafes with numerous safety precautions in place.
Some essential businesses operating in the outbreak have employed safety measures including regular health screenings and requiring workers to wear face masks.
US same-store sales dropped 3 percent as the pandemic limited store operations.
Schultz said the government's Payroll Protection Program is only a short term fix and isn't enough to keep small businesses open for the long-haul after the pandemic subsides.
Over 60,000 care packages fueled with over 1.6 million donations including Starbucks coffee, handwritten letters from Starbucks employees as well as notes from volunteers at Operation Gratitude.
Starbucks and Beyond Meat have partnered to launch a new plant-based menu in China this week.
The fast-casual chain last month also said it would give a 10 percent pay increase to its hourly employees
The aid is anchored by a $10.8 million fund.
Starbucks stores will ramp up operations on a case-by-case basis based on local public health guidance.
Southeastern Grocers also owns BI-LO, Fresco y Más and Harveys Supermarket.
Burger King will give away free Whoppers to “students who are continuing to study hard through the worldwide pandemic.”
Drive-thru customers can get a free order of fries with their meal.
The initiative is set to take place over the next few weeks.