When you order coffee and a bagel this fall, you might have a really good reason to smile.
The Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem is opening a Starbucks and an Einstein Bros. Bagels at Jackson Memorial Hospital's campus.
The beloved basketball forward and team captain just made the announcement today that his company, JFC Miami, of which he is a partner with Ramona D. Hall, would open the two fast-casual spots. Two other locations will follow in the new Miami Central Station, which will serve All Aboard Florida's Brightline passengers.
For the past decade, Haslem has owned and operated fast-casual restaurants throughout Miami-Dade and Broward Counties either on his own or with JFC Miami. In fact, he apparently decorated the Subway on Stirling Road in Hollywood himself. According to a TripAdvisor review, the sandwich shop "is the nicest Subway I have ever seen or eaten at. There is a couch and a few club chairs, and decorations of a Miami Heat Udonis Haslem jersey and a pair of his size 15/16 basketball shoes."
The best part of the announcement is the commitment Haslem has made to use the stores for good, by hosting various fundraising efforts to benefit his Udonis Haslem Children's Foundation and the Jackson Memorial Foundation.
In addition, Haslem and Hall are looking to hire local job seekers and young adults from low-income families to fill the estimated 120 jobs created by these four new franchises.
"JFC Miami is committed to providing opportunities directly to youth and adults from the communities we invest in," Hall says. "We are fortunate to have a partner in CareerSource Florida and the Employ Miami-Dade Project, who have assisted us with identifying a great group of candidates.
"Many of our new team members have been unemployed or underemployed for two or more years. Our goal moving forward to our opening is to provide comprehensive training to our new employees to include customer service training, conflict resolution in the workplace, and extensive brand training in-store."
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Haslem adds, "My partner Ramona and I, along with our incredible team at JFC Miami, feel very fortunate that we can make a positive impact on our community with the opening of our Starbucks and Einstein Bros. Bagels locations. With everything happening in today’s world, it feels good to do good."
Both Starbucks and Einstein Bros. will be located at 901 NW 17th St., Miami. Einstein Bros. will be open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Starbucks will be open 24 hours a day.