Workers compensated during Starbucks closure |

Workers compensated during Starbucks closure

Workers at Glenwood Springs’ Grand Avenue Starbucks location are being compensated or picking up hours at other area Starbucks during a lengthy closure of the store while building repairs are being made, according to company officials.

The store at 2115 Grand Ave. remained closed this week during what appeared to be plumbing and ventilation work on the building, which was remodeled last year from what was an Arby’s restaurant into a new Starbucks cafe and drive-through restaurant.

“We are working with partners to ensure their pay is not interrupted, including working at other locations in the area,” Laurel Harper, a spokeswoman for the Seattle-based chain of coffee shops said earlier this week.

“As I mentioned previously, we will reopen this location once we are confident that it meets our high quality standards,” she said.

Harper clarified last week that the reason for the closure, first of the indoor cafe and then of the entire facility, was for necessary building improvements and not for health and safety reasons per se.

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Starbucks initially indicated that the store closure was the result of an ongoing “health and safety inspection”; however, the closure did not involve any intervention from state health officials.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment spokesman Mark Salley said last week two official health inspections at the Starbucks location on Oct. 15, 2014, and March 19 of this year did not turn up any violations that would have resulted in state action.

A review of those reports, which were requested by the Post Independent this week, confirmed there were no major violations for “critical” health issues, other than for such things as employees keeping personal drinks in the wrong place and a mention in the March report of some milk not being kept at 41 degrees or cooler.

In the “non-critical” category, a plumbing maintenance issue was cited in the October 2014 report, but was not noted as a repeat “out-of-compliance” issue in the most recent report.

The PI also obtained copies of the final two health inspections for the Arby’s that previously occupied the 2115 Grand location.

A January 2014 report for that establishment also noted some plumbing and ventilation maintenance concerns for the building. However, those concerns were not noted again in a May 2014 report, according to the state health records.

Glenwood’s newest full-service Starbucks-owned location replaced the former Arby’s restaurant at the site after extensive remodeling of the building. It opened in September 2014.

Starbucks company officials said Thursday they have no updated information as to when the store may reopen.

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