Starbucks closes downtown Spokane lobby, citing ‘security concerns’

Starbucks at 2nd and Downtown Spokane Division is now drive-thru only for safety reasons
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SPOKANE, Wash – If you want a caffeine pick-me-up at Starbucks in downtown Spokane, a prominent spot now forces you to use the drive-thru only.

Starbucks has closed the 2nd and Division lobby in recent weeks, citing “security concerns.”

The change comes as Starbucks announces the closure of six locations nationwide, including 16 in Seattle, due to repeated safety concerns including drug use and threats against staff.

A Starbucks spokesperson told 4 News Now that the decision to close the Spokane store lobby was made locally and was not part of the larger announcement.

The Starbucks location at 2nd and Division has been the site of camping and other security disruptions in recent years.

During the pandemic, Starbucks removed tables there so people could only come in to take orders, not sit down or stay.

The store’s lobby was packed Wednesday, however, as Spokane police held one of its “Coffee With a Cop” events.

The store was filled with police, the mayor, families and community members.

“A lot of times when the police deal with people it’s when they’re in crisis and they’re not having a good day,” said Capt. Dave Singley, who works at the downtown police station. “It gives us a chance in a social setting to be able to visit people and connect with the community.”

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David H. Henry