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A look inside Starbucks’ 25th community store in Dallas

New opening emphasizes local artists and groups as company works toward 100 locations

Starbucks Corp. has opened its 25th community store in Dallas, a program that has a goal of 100 locally inspired units by 2025.

The Seattle, Wash.-based company opened the second Dallas-area store this past weekend, partnering with local non-profit groups and diverse contractors.

The unit also features a custom mural by Alec de Jesus, a local East Dallas artist. The mural illustrates community growth, generational ties and how coffee plays a role in those connections, the company said.

This opening marks the second community store in the Dallas area. Starbucks opened another in the Red Bird community of South Dallas in 2018. That store has partnered with local organizations on community events, including a Kimball High School business pitch competition and a COVID-19 vaccine pop-up.

The community stores also provide space for local events and programs.

As part of the most recent opening, Starbucks donated $2,500 to the non-profit Wilkinson Center, which supports families that face challenges such as food insecurity, lack of education, economic instability and unemployment, Owenwood Farm and Neighbor Space, which provides garden program to address hunger.

Starbucks, founded in 1971, has more than 34,000 stores worldwide.

Photos courtesy of Starbucks

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