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Chief Of Starbucks’ High-End Initiative Takes A ‘Coffee Break’ Leave


Starbucks said Monday that Cliff Burrows, president of the Siren Retail business including the elaborate Roastery stores as well as its Princi bakeries and Reserve cafes, is taking “an extended unpaid leave” from the company.

The company announced the sabbatical — a “coffee break,” in Starbucks parlance — in a regulatory filing two days before its annual shareholder meeting, where in past years it has celebrated major high-end initiatives such as the Roastery stores.

Burrows in early 2017 reiterated plans by Starbucks executive chairman Howard Schultz to roll out as many as 20 to 30 of the showpiece Roastery outlets, and up to 1,000 Reserve stores, smaller cafes that feature the company’s small-lot premium Reserve beans and different brewing methods.

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