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If you’re a staunch Starbucks enthusiast, remember to get your coffee fix elsewhere tomorrow afternoon!

As reported last month, Starbucks will close its Canadian stores on Monday afternoon to provide staff with implicit racial bias training.

The announcement came about a month after the company publicly apologized for the arrest of two black men who had been refused permission to use the washroom of a Starbucks coffee shop in Philadelphia.

Starbucks stores in the U.S. went through the same racial bias training last week, with over 8,000 cafés closing for a few hours.

Company didn’t initially include Canadian stores in closure

As part of its initial apology, Starbucks announced that it would close the U.S. branches of its coffee shops for one afternoon on May 29.

No plans for Canada closures were part of that announcement.

But on May 4, Starbucks Canada president Michael Conway sent a memo that scheduled store closures for part of the afternoon on June 11 for a training session to address implicit bias.

The memo says Starbucks believes “everyone deserves to be treated with respect” and that its employees have the support and clarity they need to create “a culture of warmth.”

In the meantime, Victorians are sure to find somewhere in the city for a quick espresso or frappuccino fix.

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