September 29, 2022
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700 Canal Starbucks closing soon; CBD businesses battle crime

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The popular Starbucks on 700 Canal announced its closing its doors after a bout with crime in the area. Oct. 3 is the last day for operations for the Canal location. Starbucks media relations team released this statement: “Our stores are windows into America and every day, our partners witness the challenges facing our communities – challenges to personal safety and security, racism, a growing mental health crisis, and issues magnified by Covid. These challenges play out within our stores – affecting our partners, our communities, and our customers alike.” Other businesses in the CBD told WDSU that crime has affected them as well. Mike Serio, owner of Mike Serio’s Po Boy, said he installed security cameras and security systems in his business. He says he’s had his windows broken many times, and constantly has issues with homeless people in the area. “That’s part of it, and the lack of police — that’s huge. With this big move that they had a couple years ago that the police are bad and all this other stuff, who wants to be a cop nowadays?” Serio said. Serio said his business has been in the CBD since 1958, and if it wasn’t for him owning his property, he would’ve left long ago. Rubenstein Men’s Clothing Store also had its share of dealings with crime, but it hasn’t made them want to close their doors. “It’s mostly bums and they fight and things like that, and someone said there were some shootings, but its shootings all over, everywhere,” owner David Rubenstein said. The Downtown Development District released this statement regarding Starbucks closing and crime in the area: “The DDD was obviously disappointed to learn that the Starbucks on Canal Street will be closing as part of Starbucks’ larger plan to close sixteen of its stores across the U.S. We are pleased, though, that five Starbucks remain Downtown. As with all Downtown businesses, our Economic Development team actively works with businesses to ensure Downtown is a vibrant place to do business, and Starbucks is no exception. We are keenly aware that public safety is a top concern for our stakeholders. To that end, we have dedicated over half of our budget to enhancing public safety, funding off-duty NOPD details, 24/7 private security patrols, our Public Safety Ranger program, and grants to business owners for lighting and security cameras.”

The popular Starbucks on 700 Canal announced its closing its doors after a bout with crime in the area.

Oct. 3 is the last day for operations for the Canal location.

Starbucks media relations team released this statement:

“Our stores are windows into America and every day, our partners witness the challenges facing our communities – challenges to personal safety and security, racism, a growing mental health crisis, and issues magnified by Covid. These challenges play out within our stores – affecting our partners, our communities, and our customers alike.”

Other businesses in the CBD told WDSU that crime has affected them as well.

Mike Serio, owner of Mike Serio’s Po Boy, said he installed security cameras and security systems in his business. He says he’s had his windows broken many times, and constantly has issues with homeless people in the area.

“That’s part of it, and the lack of police — that’s huge. With this big move that they had a couple years ago that the police are bad and all this other stuff, who wants to be a cop nowadays?” Serio said.

Serio said his business has been in the CBD since 1958, and if it wasn’t for him owning his property, he would’ve left long ago.

Rubenstein Men’s Clothing Store also had its share of dealings with crime, but it hasn’t made them want to close their doors.

“It’s mostly bums and they fight and things like that, and someone said there were some shootings, but its shootings all over, everywhere,” owner David Rubenstein said.

The Downtown Development District released this statement regarding Starbucks closing and crime in the area:

“The DDD was obviously disappointed to learn that the Starbucks on Canal Street will be closing as part of Starbucks’ larger plan to close sixteen of its stores across the U.S. We are pleased, though, that five Starbucks remain Downtown. As with all Downtown businesses, our Economic Development team actively works with businesses to ensure Downtown is a vibrant place to do business, and Starbucks is no exception. We are keenly aware that public safety is a top concern for our stakeholders. To that end, we have dedicated over half of our budget to enhancing public safety, funding off-duty NOPD details, 24/7 private security patrols, our Public Safety Ranger program, and grants to business owners for lighting and security cameras.”



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