Outside the Trump Tower and Starbucks cafe, 5th Avenue, Manhattan

Starbucks Please Consider Moving From Trump Tower

Yesterday, in response to Donald Trump’s immigration ban, Seattle-based coffee chain Starbucks announced an impressive plan to hire some 10,000 refugees to work in its cafes across the United States in the next 5 years. Trump supporters promptly responded with a #BoycottStarbucks campaign, which Trump critics also participated in.

While Starbucks’ pledge to hire refugees is certainly a noble action, there’s another step the company could take to send a clear signal to the Trump administration they disagree with its policies. They could ensure they’re not paying rent to Trump or his family-run organizations. An appropriate next then step would be for Starbucks to move their cafe in the Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in New York to another nearby location and take their employees with them.

It may seem a small gesture, but it could be an important symbolic one for Starbucks to publicly exit from this Trump property, which is now more visible than ever—and from any other Trump properties they their cafes may reside in. And since Starbucks doesn’t franchise, this shouldn’t be as delicate a step to take as it would be for other companies.

Please consider signing and sharing the following petition, which both thanks Starbucks for their recent announcement and asks them to consider this move:



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Robert Stribley

Robert Stribley


Writer. Photographer. UXer. Creative Director. Interests: immigration, privacy, human rights, design. UX: Publicis Groupe. Teach: SVA. Aussie/American. He/him.