Church shooting tragedy brings Starbucks’ CEO to Charleston

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz (second from left) made a last-minute trip to Charleston on Friday to meet with employees in the aftermath of the shootings at Emanuel AME Church that left nine people dead this week. Schultz wrote a letter to all Starbucks employees in the region and elsewhere Thursday expressing his sorrow for the tragedy and concern for the company’s local workers. He visited three downtown Charleston cafes Friday, including the Starbucks at East Bay and Calhoun streets (above), just a few blocks from the church. Schultz heard one employee recount walking from work Wednesday night as first responders arrived at Emanuel AME. He also spoke of the Seattle-based company’s efforts to make a positive impact in the communities where it operates.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz (second from left) made a last-minute trip to Charleston on Friday to meet with employees in the aftermath of the shootings at Emanuel AME Church that left nine people dead this week. Schultz wrote a letter to all Starbucks employees in the region and elsewhere Thursday expressing his sorrow for the tragedy and concern for the company’s local workers. He visited three downtown Charleston cafes Friday, including the Starbucks at East Bay and Calhoun streets (above), just a few blocks from the church. Schultz heard one employee recount walking from work Wednesday night as first responders arrived at Emanuel AME. He also spoke of the Seattle-based company’s efforts to make a positive impact in the communities where it operates.