Starbucks has responded to Governor Malloy’s comment about its downtown Hartford store being closed on weekends. During an interview on the January 15th edition of Face the State, the governor was talking about how to improve the capital city and cited Starbucks as a problem. “Starbucks isn’t open on the weekends. That is a gigantic mistake for Starbucks I don’t think they realize how many people are living there.”
A member of the Eyewitness News staff obtained this statement from the Seattle-based coffee giant in response to the governor’s statement:
We are committed to supporting the Hartford community and have been open in the past on weekends as well as open to support special events, parades and marathons downtown. We will continue to review opportunities to be open outside of our standard hours to best support our customers and business. Wethersfield and three other stores in West Hartford are open over the weekend to serve our customers in these communities.
Many of our viewers pointed out that the governor has two independent coffee shops to choose from downtown: JoJo’s on Pratt Street, and La Paloma Sabanera on Capitol Avenue near the state capitol. There are also five or six Dunkin Donuts downtown, and a Starbucks inside the Marriott at Adriaen’s Landing, but the Starbucks in the heart of downtown will continue to focus on the Monday through Friday 9-5ers.
Here is the interview with Governor Malloy from January 15th: