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Starbucks to start requiring customers to wear masks

The coffee giant will require facial coverings starting July 15, making it the first major restaurant chain to take that step.


Plant-based meats make menu news

Restaurants are featuring branded products in breakfast sandwiches, burgers and more.

Burger King and Starbucks have added new products with fake meat as the trend picks back up again.

The chain is the latest to jump onto the fake meat bandwagon, which is rolling again after a pandemic-caused hiatus.

By building more drive-thrus in suburbs and changing its urban strategy, the coffee giant is hoping to catch consumers as they use restaurants, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The coffee giant plans to close up to 400 locations and replace them with new types of stores in different locations, while the pandemic has cost the chain $3 billion in revenues.

Many concepts, like Starbucks and McDonald’s, were developed on commuting patterns. A more remote workforce would upend those assumptions, said RB’s The Bottom Line.

The chain says it will relocate more locations from malls to drive-thrus and build more pickup stores and add curbside and delivery options.

The chain is renegotiating rents after its sales plummeted in recent weeks during the pandemic shutdown.

The coronavirus has cost it more than $900 million in revenue, and the company said things will get worse before they get better.

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