Jamaica is getting its first Starbucks, and it's looking to hire from the community.
The coffee chain is set to open a new cafe in a recently renovated building at 89-02 Sutphin Blvd., across the street from the Queens County Civil Courthouse in downtown Jamaica, the company announced Thursday.
The new store is launching as part of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, a plan in which more than a dozen American corporations commit to hiring 100,000 unemployed young people by 2018.
The Jamaica location is slated to be among the first five stores scheduled to open in 2016, according to Starbucks.
The cafe on Sutphin will include an employee training center, and the chain plans to hire about 20 to 25 employees from the community, the company said.
Time for the liberals to follow....I give it about 5 years before the liberals try to take over Jamaica next. The chinese are already moving into parts of Jamaica.
This long awaited opening in Jamaica totally only proves that a town could survive without one.
So is this suppose to be a seed for improvements, like a tree grows in brooklyn or field of dreams?. Do some envision that once starbucks opens it will make all the garbage on the streets disappear, dilapidated homes be repaired and occupied and giant big rig trucks avoid local streets?
Please tell us Boro president/tour guide Katz.
Maybe the chain should wait until the towers are built before they open. I guess it's hard to get coffee in Jamaica what with the donut shop on sutphin and with the 15 dunkin' donuts in the area
The Chinese opened up a super market in lefrak city on 99th st. They are ubiquitous on queens
Anon 1, what does your comment even mean "Time for the liberals to follow....I give it about 5 years before the liberals try to take over Jamaica next. The chinese are already moving into parts of Jamaica."
Bottom line, Jamaica is a mess because of the many type is of bottom of the barrel people that are already there, any new people at least of quality coming in will be a vast improvement as opposed to what is there now. I doubt what happened in LIC will happen here, but anything is an improvement to what is there now.
This community has had decades to clean itself up and choose not to, so maybe it is someone's new turn.
I hate Starbucks, but I see this at least as a step in the right direction.
Psychologists and sociologists will be watching this development closely. What is going to emerge on top here among the employees, customers, the non-customers occupying the seating, and the six people on line waiting to use the restroom? (1) That angry, confrontational attitude that makes me fear entering any place that serves food in Jamaica? (2) Or the Howard Schultz-approved Starbucks experience?
Opening a yuppie Starbucks ain't gonna help change Jamaica.
Notice, it's near the courthouse, so the lawyers can get a decent cup of brew.
That ridiculous campaign where Starbucks wanted their barristas to write "race matters" on coffee cups bombed after two days. Now Schultz is trying to show his liberal credentials by opening a store in a minority neighborhood, which he hasn't done before. Let's see how this works out for him.
Anon No. 7: Starbucks has been in Harlem for years. Nothing new.
It will be hit with the court employees and other agency employees in the daytime. After 6pm, the bathroom will be trashed. there will be a shooting, a robbery. I give it four months.
Anon No. 9: That's probably what was said about the Harlem Starbucks. Hasn't happened.
If a comparison is required, Jamaica is a much more polarized area than Harlem.
Jamaica is a forgotten place. If any group has the guts to go in and start a change, good luck to them.
Mainland Chinese just do, they don't see what we do, they don't overthink like we do.
If Jamaica was lucky enough to attract an immigrant group, it would make a change for the better.
theres already a starbucks right around from the jamaica van wyck train station tho
Opening in Jamaica gives those libtards a sense of helping the poor and downtrodden. They sleep better at night. The tax write off for starting a business in an underserved area and the tax breaks for a business improvement zone help as well.
Milk it until its dry, then move on.
Shootings at the Sutphin Boulevard-across-from-2-courthouses Starbucks? With all the cops and court officers there packing heat?
Harlem demographics are far different than that of Jamaica. I don't see the teeth suckers of the community fitting in to the starbuks corporate mindset.
From The Community... Black only,white need not apply,
$5 lattes in Jamaica, EBT,Starbucks is scrapping the bottem for coins,sell your stock Now!!!!
So now Starbucks will try to turn around Jamaica. It can't hurt. Politicians already threw $BILLIONS into the money pit over the last four decades with no results. Bring on the coffee.
I believe the Starbucks on Jamaica Av by Van Wyck is actually in Richmond Hill.
Mainland Chinese are too busy fleeing to any better opportunity opened to them.
Remember the 1849 gold rush? A lot of Chinese came to strike it rich.
When they didn't find the gold they were seeking, a lot got stuck here working on the railroad gangs.
What's all this stuff about "Mainland Chinese"?
Growing up (not too long ago!) I commuted to Manhattan for school, and I remember many evenings spent waiting for the bus at the terminal. My family shopped on the Ave and I went to the library in the area because it was the biggest. It wasn't the safest, but it was convenient, and I learned my street smarts. It would be nice to see some improvement. You can tell the area was nice once. This may or may not be the way to do it, but generally Starbucks opening means there is someone in their price point there to drink it.
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