International coffee franchise, Starbucks, celebrated the one year anniversary of its presence in Trinidad with a "Friends and Family" pre-opening event at its fifth local store - located on Munroe Road, Chaguanas.
Officially opening at 6.30 am tomorrow, specially invited guests were treated to a sneak peak of the newest Starbucks TT location yesterday (Saturday).
Addressing those gathered at the store, Charles Pashley, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of local franchise holder, Prestige Holdings Limited, said, "It is a huge achievement to recruit and open five stores in different communities across Trinidad in one year and our baristas and the entire team have done well."
Starbucks officials spoke of their having hired continuously since opening their first store at South Park, San Fernando last August, as well as continuously recruiting and train baristas.
Starbucks Human Resources Partner Resources Manager, Nesha Malchan, said, "Our recruitment process is very well thought out, as we select and train those with the right key attributes and positive traits to interact well with customers and equally, their fellow colleagues."
Malchan has led the training and development of the local Starbucks team since inception.
Two months ago, in July, baristas celebrated their first Barista Championships where they demonstrated their ability to showcase their skills. The competition encourages fellow baristas to practice and build team spirit. Their celebrations continued at the August 26 event, where presentations were made to those who have been with the local franchise since inception.
Starbucks said the "celebrations will continue" from 2 pm this Saturday, September 2, with special appearances from the Kaisokah Moko Jumbies, pannist, Jabari Lander and the Autora Sursati Dance Group.
"Customers can ask for a job application form at any one of the five stores and store managers can receive direct customer feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org," Starbucks stated.