Starbucks to close stores to retrain employees

SEATTLE Moving to the next stage of a planned transformation to reinvigorate sales, Starbucks Coffee Corp. said it would close nearly 7,000 company-operated stores for three hours in the evening on Feb. 26 for in-store training.

On the agenda is a refresher on espresso standards for baristas, including how to pull the perfect shot, steam milk to order and customize beverages. Stores will close at 5:30 p.m. local time for the training, and those with evening hour

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