Osborne Village Starbucks to close its doors amid recent violence

The former Starbucks in Osborne Village will close its doors next week; This comes a day after a man was attacked in the house next door.

The organization confirmed to CTV News Winnipeg that the closure will begin on May 6. While Starbucks says the closure is temporary, there has been no indication of how long it will last.

“We would like to thank you for being part of our store community; “You are the heart of who we are at Starbucks,” says a sign on the cafe’s front door. “We are very grateful to have been part of your daily routine and that you have shared these moments of your life with us.”

The store manager was unable to speak to CTV News and referred comments to the brand’s communications department.

A Starbucks spokesperson told CTV News this decision was made after “careful consideration.”

The spokesperson did not give any specific reason behind the closure and told CTV News they have no additional details to share at this time.

Man attacked outside liquor store: police

Residents and advocates in the area believe the closure has something to do with several violent incidents in the Village.

On Wednesday night, a man was attacked while inside the lobby of Liquor Mart, right next to Starbucks.

Police said a man was arrested after a confrontation with officers outside the store. He was charged with assault by suffocation, suffocation or strangulation.

It is the latest of several violent incidents that have hit the Village.

Just last month, police say a woman was stabbed at a bus stop near the intersection of River and Osborne, and in a separate incident nearby a man was seriously assaulted.

In February, police said a 26-year-old man was stabbed at the Osborne Transit Station, and last November there was a triple stabbing at Shoppers Drug Mart.

“These are real failures of the system”: says BIZ

“The level of violent incidents that are occurring, they are truly failures of the system,” said Zohreh Gervais, executive director of the Osborne Village BIZ.

“These are not things that business owners and companies should have to deal with.”

He said that while local businesses and residents have taken it upon themselves to tackle crime, with initiatives like SABE Peace Walkers, it is a responsibility that Gervais said should not fall on their shoulders.

“I’m not sure how we got to the point where the BIZ zone, with our small operating budget dedicated to planting flowers and beautifying the neighborhood, was somehow expected to become responsible for public safety. That’s crazy.” Gervais said. saying.

“I really hope this provides some sort of wake-up call for the government to step up and really start to address these issues, because they are increasing and they are increasing rapidly.”

The provincial public safety strategy will arrive this fall

Justice Minister Matt Wiebe said the province is taking steps to address public safety and recently hosted a Public Safety Summit in Winnipeg.

“We spent the day talking about solutions,” Wiebe said, adding that this will help inform a public safety strategy that will be released this fall. “It will give them a better idea of ​​how we can work together, what some of the solutions are and how the provincial government can play a bigger role in keeping our community safe.”

Area councilor Sherri Rollins said she has had conversations with the premier and mayor about safety concerns in Osborne Village.

“I would really like to see more detailed community policing in the village of Osborne,” he said. “I have heard from businesses who are concerned about response times when incidents occur… and the level of community policing that they sometimes feel is not there in the village.”

Address root causes of crime, resident says

Dianne McConnell says she’s sad to see Starbucks closing its doors. In the approximately six years she has lived in the area, she has seen several businesses close their doors.

If something isn’t done soon, he fears more businesses will leave the Village, which is already littered with empty storefronts and for-lease signs.

“We need to look at the homelessness crisis, we need to look at the addiction crisis. And we need to solve the problems that are really creating crime in the area,” he said.

A notice posted on the door of the River Avenue Starbucks is displayed on May 2, 2024, informing customers of its impending closure. (Danton Unger/CTV News Winnipeg)