Starbucks is closing its coffee shop in Toronto after two weeks of protesting the establishment’s closure, but other stores in the city are still offering coffee in the wake of the company’s announcement.
The Starbucks coffee shop on Front Street in Toronto.
(Photo by Jason Franson/Reuters) The announcement by Starbucks, which has over 2,200 stores across Canada, came on Friday after two years of protests by thousands of people, many of them students, against the closure of its popular Cafe Espresso, which closed in January.
Hundreds of students, faculty, and community activists rallied outside Starbucks stores on Sunday, demanding that the chain take down the café and end its corporate relationship with the city.
“We’re not going to stand idly by while a company with a billion-dollar business is closing down,” said Dejan Zeman, a student at Ryerson University, in a video posted on the group’s Facebook page.
“We’re going to take action.”
In a statement, Starbucks confirmed that it had temporarily closed the cafe, but said it was looking into a potential legal case that could be brought by the city, which is also investigating the closure.
The coffee shop has become a symbol of the student protests and has become an important venue for students to voice their opinions, and have a place to congregate, said Zeman.
On Saturday, students from the University of Toronto held a sit-in at the coffee shop.
Students, who marched from the coffee bar to the city’s Parliament Hill and other buildings to call for Starbucks’ reinstatement, said they plan to continue the sit-ins, but have no immediate plans to shut down the coffee house.
A protester in Toronto holds a sign at a protest against Starbucks on Friday.
(Jason Franson for The Washington Post) “The students are not shutting down the cafe.
The students are staying put,” said Rene Côté, a senior at Ryrie University, a university in Toronto that is located on the Upper West Side.
“The students have decided that they want to stay in the space and have an opportunity to voice out their opinions.”
Students who live in the area and attended Saturday’s protest said they were concerned about what might happen if Starbucks closes.
“I feel safe in the neighbourhood and I feel that if the cafe closes it’s going to be a real disaster for the neighbourhood,” said one woman, who asked not to be named.
“I think the people are going to have to make a choice.”
Students said they are not going anywhere.
“They should do what’s right for the people,” said Zimenez.
“If they’re not doing that, we’re not here to fight them.”
At least four other Starbucks locations across Canada have announced plans to stay open, but many students and community leaders are still waiting for the chain to reopen.
“We have a lot of students who come from all over Canada who are not able to travel to work for Starbucks,” said Sébastien Despres, a junior at Ryia University.
“People who live near Starbucks are very frustrated because it’s closing, and I think it’s because they don’t know what to do.”
The students said they have plans to protest outside Starbucks in the coming days.
Starbucks Coffee Shop in Toronto, Canada, was closed on January 26, 2018.
(Reuters)”The coffee shop is the heart of Toronto,” said Despres.
“It’s where they hold meetings, and it’s where many people hang out, and they have classes.
It’s where a lot people gather.
We’re going there to make sure they’re happy and to say we are not leaving here.”
“It’s important for students and young people to come together and support them, because if they can’t come together they’re going nowhere,” said Jules Piqué, an associate professor at Ryee University.
At this point, it appears that Starbucks has decided to close the café.
The company did not respond to a request for comment.
But some students and supporters said the cafe will still be open.
“It will definitely be here, I think,” said student Jordan Haggerty.
“In fact, I’m going to make it a point to stay and work there until it closes.
It will be the same.
I’ll be going back, I’ll go to work.”
Starbuck has been a regular presence at the Toronto protest, where the company has made an effort to promote the boycott and the fight for a fair trade policy.
Several student leaders and students have taken to social media to protest Starbucks’ closure, including student groups at Ryeburg College and University of Ottawa.
Last month, the group Students for Justice in Palestine took a similar stance, calling on Starbucks to reopen the cafe and bring its coffee into the Palestinian territories.
In the United States, a group of activists is also taking aim at Starbucks’ decision to close