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The "Coming Soon" sign in the window of the Starbucks location on Grand Avenue that will open later this month.

The signs in the windows that read “Coming Soon” created a slight buzz before people even got to drink the coffee, but Maspeth’s first Starbucks cafe will be open in a matter of days, according to a company spokesperson.

Located in the Shops at Grand Avenue where Mattress Firm used to be, the Starbucks is set to open by the end of the month, the spokesperson said. The cafe will be rather expansive at 2,000 square feet and will employ approximately 20 employees, said the spokesperson.

“Starbucks is always looking for great locations to better meet the needs of our customers, and we are happy to confirm that we will be opening a new location on Grand Avenue in Queens, NY, later this month,” the spokesperson said.

The move comes at a time when the coffee corporation is in hot water for an incident that took place in one of its stores in Philadelphia.

On April 12, two black men were arrested inside a Starbucks after they asked to use the restroom and were reportedly told it was for paying customers only. The men then reportedly took a seat in the cafe without buying anything, the manager called the police, and the men were arrested for trespassing.

No charges were filed in the incident, but a patron of the cafe at the time captured the arrest on video that has since gone viral, sparking several days of protests.

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson released a video apology on the Starbucks website and said, “What happened in the way that incident escalated and the outcome was nothing but reprehensible, and I’m sorry.”

Johnson also reportedly met with the two men who were arrested to personally apologize on April 17.


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