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Report: Starbucks’ scheduling changes unlikely to ease worker burdens

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York — Following Starbucks Corp.’s announcement that it would change its scheduling rules to prevent employees from having to work an opening shift after a closing shift the previous evening, some workers have expressed skepticism that the changes would be universally enforced.

Several of the 130,000 impacted Starbucks’ workers at corporate-owned chains have spoken with media outlets and said that the new policies may be difficult to enforce as the onus is on the individual store managers to implement the changes.

Some workers expressed concern that their managers would cut back on their shifts if they complained about the irregular scheduling. Others said they would still be allowed to work back-to-back shifts, although not required to.

In an email sent to employees on Thursday morning, Cliff Burrows, Starbucks’ president for the U.S. and Americas, outlined the scheduling changes in response to a New York Times article detailing a single mother’s plight as she tried to balance her job as a Starbucks barista with a three-hour commute and a continually changing schedule. Burrows said that in addition to the closing/opening shift change, Starbucks will also now transfer employees whose commute is longer than one hour to a closer store and post schedules at least one week in advance.

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Rappaport signs trio of 7-Eleven deals in Washington, D.C., area

BY Katherine Boccaccio

McLean, Va. — Rappaport has signed three new 7-Eleven deals in the Washington, D.C., area totaling 9,471 sq. ft. of retail space. 7-Eleven will open new locations inside The Shops of Avondale in Washington D.C., 2001 Clarendon Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia, and 6138 Kings Highway in Alexandria, Virginia.

The 3,900-sq.-ft. location at The Shops of Avondale is now open. The 2,587-sq.-ft., 2001 Clarendon Boulevard location is slated to open in late 2014, and the 2,984-sq.-ft. location at 6138 Kings Highway is expected to open in late November.

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Velocity Retail Group secures At Home store for Arizona Mills

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Phoenix — X Team International partner Velocity Retail Group has completed a lease with At Home for a 104,967-sq.-ft. store in Tempe, Arizona. The new At Home concept is owned and operated by home décor retailer Garden Ridge.

A décor superstore that provides selections of patio furniture, wall décor, and decorative accents, rugs and housewares, At Home recently opened at Arizona Mills, a Simon shopping center located at the northeast corner of Baseline Road and Interstate 10.

"The At Home concept is an exciting brand with great growth potential in the Phoenix market," said Velocity Retail Group executive VP Darren Pitts.

Pitts negotiated the three-year lease on behalf of At Home. He also represented At Home fora location in the Phoenix area in 2012, which was the first expansion location for the retailer in the western United States.

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