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Starbucks Mideast franchisee announces staff reduction 

6 Mar 2024 Starbucks Mideast franchisee announces staff reduction

Kuwait City – The Alshaya Group, which operates Starbucks cafes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), announced workforce reductions Tuesday because of ongoing challenges. 

“As a result of the continually challenging trading conditions over the last six months, we have taken the sad and very difficult decision to reduce the number of colleagues in our Starbucks MENA stores,” a spokesperson told Anadolu Agency.

The spokesperson emphasised Alshaya Group’s commitment to support departing employees and their families during the transition and expressed gratitude for their dedication to the Alshaya Group and the Starbucks brand.

For more than 25 years, Alshaya Group has held the Starbucks licence for the MENA region, building a substantial presence with over 1,300 coffee shops and a workforce that exceeded 11,000 individuals.

The decision came after repercussions of Israel’s war against Hamas, which led to calls for boycotts against the American coffee corporation.

Anadolu Agency

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