Starbucks adds outdoor smoking restrictionBeginning today, Starbucks customers wanting a smoke with their coffee will have to light up at least 25 feet from store property.
By: News Tribune staff, Associated Press, Duluth News Tribune, Associated Press
Beginning today, Starbucks customers wanting a smoke with their coffee will have to light up at least 25 feet from store property.
The Seattle-based chain says a smoking ban begins today, and signs have been posted at the 7,000 stand-alone stores it owns, including two in Duluth.
Starbucks spokeswoman Jaime Lynn Riley said the intent is to
expand the indoor no-smoking policy to the outdoor seating areas.
The stand-alone Starbucks locations in Duluth are downtown on West Superior Street and on Miller Trunk Highway near the mall. There’s also a Starbucks in the Target store.
Only the store on Miller Trunk has an outdoor seating area.
A manager at the Starbucks downtown said people will be asked to smoke away from its building. There is no city law that defines where people can smoke aside from the rules banning people from smoking in or near bus shelters, in certain city parks and near medical facilities.
“If there were any concerns, we would hope to resolve it amicably.” Riley said, referring to a customer who might be smoking within the restricted area.
Starbucks can only enforce the ban on property it owns or manages. The rule will apply to the cafes owned and operated by Starbucks Corp., regardless of whether they have outdoor seating areas.