Starbucks Expected to Reopen Late December

Starbucks in Long Beach is undergoing reconstruction and renovations after the store on West Park Avenue was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)
Starbucks in Long Beach is undergoing reconstruction and renovations after the store on West Park Avenue was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)
This story was updated on 12.13.12.

Starbucks patrons can expect to once again order a pike coffee or pumpkin spice latte at the company’s locations in Long Beach and Island Park sometime later this month, after both stores were devastated during Hurricane Sandy. 

Starbucks in Long Beach, at 85 E. Park Ave., and the store at 4507 Austin Blvd. in Island Park, are undergoing extensive reconstruction and renovations and are expected to open by mid- or late-December. “I’m going to say it’s probably going to be late December,” Haley Drage, a spokesperson for Starbucks, told Patch on Thursday.

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Drage said that both stores suffered considerable flood damage during the storm, which have made renovations take longer than normal, she said. “We want to make sure that everything is up and running and everything is safe for our employees and customers who come in and use them,” she added about the restoration efforts.

Meanwhile, Starbucks employees from both stores have worked shifts at other locations throughout Nassau County, including Oceanside and Westbury.

A barista from the Long Beach store told Patch on Thursday that Starbucks sent a text message to employees that informed them the store on the barrier island is expected to reopen Dec. 30. A South Shore resident, he said he takes a bus to a store in the middle of the island, where he has worked in the wake of the storm, but the extra travel doesn't bother him. 

“It is what it is,” said the barista, who declined to give his name because he isn't authorized to speak to media. “I’m the type of person who bears through it. It’s really not that bad. In the end, we’re not Staten Island and we’re not Rockaway.”

He noted that Starbucks has provided employees impacted by the storm “catastrophe pay.” He didn’t reveal the amount but called it “a nice chunk of change.”

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Tony in Long Beach December 13, 2012 at 10:13 PM
What was it they said we will not rest until..........
oceanview December 14, 2012 at 01:16 AM
I heard Starbucks paid their employees while they were closed. More than I can say about Long Beach Hospital.
oceanview December 14, 2012 at 01:17 AM
No pay and no insurance for LBMC employees.
Lloyd December 14, 2012 at 08:16 AM
Starbucks can afford to be somewhat generous with its employees after fleecing the public with $5 cups of coffee. Who needs Starbucks anyway? Millions of smart Americans are thrilled with their Keurig Coffee Makers.
oceanview December 14, 2012 at 10:25 PM
True. I just hear how the largest employer in Long Beach treated their employees. Despicable . I don't care for Starbucks I'm a dunkin donuts guy.


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