Starbucks – Five Myths – 1. Does it put local shops out of business?

Starbucks This year’s holiday-cup design features hearts. (Hiro Komae/AP)   No, it doesn’t put local shops out of business, and it isn’t a worker-friendly company. By Bryant Simon – Bryant Simon, a history professor at Temple University, is the author of “Everything but the Coffee: Learning About America From Starbucks.” Starbucks Before Starbucks took off in the 1990s, and before the …