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Computer outage shuts Starbucks sites

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    A Starbucks store closes Friday, April 24, 2015, in Phoenix because of computer issues. Customers found some stores closed and others offering free coffee. (AP Photo/Traci Carl)
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SEATTLE >> Starbucks says a computer outage that affected registers at 8,000 company-operated stores in the United States and Canada has been resolved. The coffee chain said late Friday night that stores are expected to open for "business as usual" Saturday.

The company said the outage affected 7,000 stores in the U.S. and 1,000 in Canada. 
 
The outage, which began in the early evening on the East Coast and in the late afternoon on the West Coast, “was caused by a failure during a daily system refresh,” the company said in a statement.
 
(The outage also extended to Hawaii, but stores including those at Hilton Hawaiian Village, which are not company-operated, and the one inside the new Kai­lua Target, which is on a different system, were not affected.)
 
Stores that had not already closed for the evening were closed early, the company said Friday evening.

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