Starbucks announced on Monday that it was officially exiting its business in Russia, closing 130 stores there and halting the shipment of any Starbucks products.
The company said in a release on its website that it would still pay some 2,000 employees in the country for six months and help them “transition to new opportunities outside of Starbucks.”
In early March, the coffee chain condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and announced that it was suspending all store operations. The company does not have cafes in Russia, but it has stores that are “wholly owned and operated by a licensed partner,” according to the release.
Starbucks’s chief executive, Kevin Johnson, said at the time that the company would “continue to make decisions that are true to our mission and values and communicate with transparency.” He also said on March 4 that any of the company’s royalties from business operations in Russia would be donated to relief efforts in Ukraine.
After initially pausing operations, many companies — including, recently, McDonald’s and the French carmaker Renault — have begun revising their plans to make a more definitive exit from the country.