Starbucks asks for a break on rent for the next year


A person wears a protective face mask outside Starbucks in Kips Bay during the coronavirus pandemic on May 13, 2020 in New York City.

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Starbucks sent a letter to landlords demanding a break on rent for the next year as the coronavirus pandemic hammers U.S. sales. 

The restaurant company, one of the largest in the country by number of stores, told landlords that starting June 1, for at least the next 12 months, it will need changes to lease terms and base rent.

The Seattle Times first reported Starbucks’ request for rent relief.

CFO Pat Grismer told analysts in late April that the company has stayed current on its rent, but he added that the company was pursuing…


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