5:53 pm July 11, 2012, by Christopher Seward
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 WSPA.com. 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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