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Originally published June 5, 2008 at 12:00 AM | Page modified June 5, 2008 at 10:35 PM

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Starbucks lays off 100 employees

Starbucks laid off 100 employees this week, including 25 at its Seattle headquarters.

Seattle Times business reporter

Starbucks laid off 100 employees this week, including 25 at its Seattle headquarters.

The other 75 people worked in field locations throughout the U.S., spokeswoman Anna Kim-Williams said Thursday. No store employees were laid off.

The layoffs come in Starbucks' store development department, as the company applies the brakes to its breakneck growth. In May, it announced it will slow U.S. growth to fewer than 400 stores annually beginning next year, down from 1,788 new U.S. stores last year.

Starbucks employed about 172,000 people worldwide, including 144,000 in the U.S., at the end of September.

In February, the company cut about 600 positions, some through attrition and about 220 through layoffs. Many of those jobs, including about a third of the layoffs, were at headquarters.

Melissa Allison: 206-464-3312 or mallison@seattletimes.com

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