Funeral home gets Starbucks franchise

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

Maybe Starbucks’ Willow Blend brew is best suited for this setting.

A funeral home in northwest South Carolina will house a Starbucks as part of an expansion in August, according to local station Chris Robinson, owner of Robinson Funeral Home in Easley, told the station his business is adding a new wing where Starbucks will install equipment and provide menus.

Robinson, who has hired staff to run his Starbucks franchise, said the shop in his “Coffee Corner” is a perfect fit for the funeral home, where java flows regularly to soothe a grieving soul. The funeral director said the coffee shop will be open to the public, not just those mourning the dearly departed.

Mourners, however, won’t know they’re getting Starbucks until they enter the funeral home. The TV station says the agreement stipulates no outside signage because it is not a full-service store. The funeral home also said it’ll have its own brew free of charge, unlike the Starbucks brand.

While the Robinson Starbucks may be one of the first in the Southeast, it isn’t the only Starbucks finding its way inside funeral homes. Turrentine Morrow Jackson Funeral Home in McKinney, Texas, opened a Starbucks last year in the Dallas suburb.

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July 11th, 2012
6:42 pm

What’s next a Manicure or a Pedicure?


July 11th, 2012
7:11 pm

Greed knows no boundaries.

OhMy Goodness

July 11th, 2012
7:33 pm

Being in the industry, I find this amusing. On top of the funeral expenses, do you really think a family in the midst of grief is going to be excited about Starbucks? Must be a lot of yuppies in Easley, SC. I am still laughing…LOL


July 11th, 2012
8:19 pm

Trust me, OhMy Goodness…being from Easley SC I can assure you there are not a lot of yuppies there.


July 11th, 2012
8:20 pm

As much as they charge for the services, your coffee should be free. What is next? A movie theater in the backroom while they do the embalming?

Anonymous FB user

July 11th, 2012
9:05 pm

I actually think it is a great idea. Funerals are about gathering and fellowship. Either people are talking with other mourners, waiting to talk to other mourners, or they are standing around feeling awkward. I think something as friendly as a favorite coffee haven could help the grieving process for everyone. What a great idea.


July 11th, 2012
9:36 pm

I don’t think I’d want to drink a coffee brewed in a funeral home. Would you like your coffee blackened or with cremations?

It’ll taste like death and formaldehyde.

Dr. J.

July 11th, 2012
9:45 pm

Funeral homes ahve always handed out coffee for free. They could chrage for the freebie like they do everything else that comes in the funeral package. Of course, if they really wanted to make money, they should offer their fine clothing rentals, makeup-hair-and-nail services to the public. I’m sure noone would beat a path to their door.


July 11th, 2012
9:47 pm

Drew k

July 11th, 2012
10:22 pm

Is alcohol next? One could use a Stiff drink at a time like that.


July 12th, 2012
1:11 am

Maybe McDonald’s should park a spot in a mortuary, as well?

Yo Ma Ma

July 12th, 2012
2:07 am

‎”Now whenever I think of Starbucks, I am reminded of my grief and loss … so why would I ever go there again?”

Grim Reaper

July 12th, 2012
6:56 am

Grandma is resting comfortably next door in the parlour room. Why not just let her chill and stroll on over for a refreshing Caffe’ Misto before the service? There might be some hot young sorority babes in the drive thru to help ease the pain of your loss.


July 12th, 2012
7:52 am

Not withstanding that this will give all families the indications that while their love ones lies inside waiting to be memorialized; the staff is ordering flavor “starbuck” coffee right in the same building. Then when a member has worked on several bodies and carrying on with the day’s duties, he walk’s down the hall and order his particular favor starbuck coffee. Not that this profession is not to have breaks or can relax at times; but this is not what our profession should be doing. Now with the Funeral Home be called; “Robinson & Starbuck’s” Funeral Home? Its “slogan”, drive up and order at the window.


July 12th, 2012
10:26 am

robinson firm do your thing, remember the industry has fought against every new idea every step of the way. i think its a good idea it gives family choices and the only thing that seperates all of us is our service..

Stop the Insanity

July 12th, 2012
10:45 am

It’s mid-2012, and in the age of GPS, smart phones, iPads, etc., funeral homes still feel they need to create dangerous driving conditions by getting on federal highways and state roads and leading massive processions through busy traffic. Sometimes they even get assistance from uniformed police officers, who create even more traffic hazards with their swooping and swerving on their silly motorbikes.
Hazard lights are for hazards. Being dead is not a hazard. There is no emergency. The guy in the big creepy station wagon/limo is ALREADY DEAD. Turn off your hazard lights and consult your Google map. You’ll get to that over-priced, environmentally unsound grave site soon enough. You don’t need to endanger the rest of our lives just because the guy who suckered you into paying him $5,000 to bury a bag of bones told you to.
If these funeral people don’t stop this practice soon we will be forced to ban the practice of funeral processions, at least on federal highways.
It’s dumb and arcane.

Oh, and for the record, I like the Starbucks idea.


July 12th, 2012
10:59 am

Years ago I was listening to a call-in radio program broadcast from WSM in Nashville. The caller was from Texas. When asked what she did there in Texas, she replied, “I am a coffee hostess at the funeral home”.

Who Cares?

July 12th, 2012
11:04 am

I’m kinda thinking a Travel Agency could go beside the Starbucks. The closing line of their sales pitch could be “Go ahead and take that trip, because sometimes you don’t get another chance.” And being serious, yes, I actually think the Starbucks idea is a good one.


July 12th, 2012
11:11 am

Stop the insanity….I guess that means stop you.

I’m not sure what northern state or foreign country you are from, but stopping traffic for a funeral is about RESPECT and is a southern tradition that will remain. There must be police escorts so morons like you who think the world revolves around them don’t create a hazard by trying to blow through the procession. That is the way things are done here, and will always be done here.

You are a truly disgusting person. I feel sorry for anyone in your family who may die and inconvenience you.

Stop the Insanity

July 12th, 2012
11:36 am

Sorry KH. Where your idea of respect and my personal safety intersect I am going to have to ask you to kindly get the heck out of the way.
I don’t know you, and I never knew the dead guy in the back of that hearse.
I’ve grown up in Georgia my whole life, and I have been involved in plenty of funeral processions.
Sometimes progress and common sense come along and step on the toes of dimwits who think throwing around words like RESPECT makes you entitled to encroach on others’ safety.
I appreciate that you enjoy this tradition, and you obviously have a morbid fascination with the transportation of human corpses, but in all seriousness, enough is enough.
Do you even know how many patrol officers are killed each year while providing assistance to funeral processions in this country?
I suggest you do your homework. Unless of course you were home-schooled, in which case the concept probably means nothing to you.

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Dixie Normis

July 12th, 2012
11:43 am


“I’m just so sorry for your loss………. Hi there, can I get a venti iced non-fat chai tea latte with a shot of espresso?”


July 12th, 2012
11:57 am

Funeral homes charge enough. actally alot. I think Starbucks is an insult ! You go to the funeral home out of respect for the deseased and family, not to drink coffee.


July 12th, 2012
12:11 pm

This is all nonsense.
Cremate your loved ones and have a nice little ceremony. That is RESPECT.
Tacky caskets and gaudy flowers are the furthest thing from respect.
Pick a place, get together and say your respects to the family.
If you bury someone’s full body in the ground in a lacquered up box, you are sick.
Drink coffee or tea or moonshine. It makes no difference.
And, I agree with Stop the Insanity. Stay off the roads with your creepy hearses.
If you must have a funeral at more than one location, hire a couple of buses for the old people, you cheap SOB. I am sure the funeral home would love to rent you theirs.

Bringing the Insanity

July 12th, 2012
12:29 pm

Stop the Insanity .. you have to be the most inconsiderate idiot I’ve seen posting on this thread.
You are an absolute embarrassment to Georgia.

Atlanta Allen

July 12th, 2012
12:35 pm

It already tastes like death and formaldehyde. Maybe they have been cremating the beans all along.


July 12th, 2012
10:56 pm

I was trying to convince myself this wasn’t such a bad idea, then the “Let’s have it open to the public” idea was brought up and that’s when it got too weird…