|Published:||Jul 11, 2012 5:09 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 11, 2012 5:13 PM EDT|
EASLEY, SC- Those grieving loved ones at Robinson Funeral Home in Easley, South Carolina will soon have a little something extra to soothe the pain: a cup of Starbucks' joe.
According to CBS affiliate WSPA, the fourth-generation funeral home and crematory is adding a new section to its existing facilities which includes business offices, a chapel and a special wing aptly named "Coffee Corner," where soon a Starbucks will open.
The owner, Chris Robinson, explains how coffee has always been part of the family business, saying his great-grandfather started the funeral home inside a main street general store, where people would gather and drink coffee.
Robinson has hired staff to run the Starbucks franchise which will be open to the public, not just to those attending services.
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This trend is not isolated to Easley, however.
Owners of Turrentine Morrow Jackson Funeral Home in McKinney, Texas have opted to go the same route.
"We've had customers ask us where the nearest Starbucks was," co-owner Terry Turrentine Irby told AOL News. "We finally felt it would be OK to extend this type of service to our customers. It fits our philosophy of having everything you need at one location."
Irby says regulars from the neighborhood are beginning to stop by for coffee just because they like the atmosphere.
The funeral home owners acquired a license from Starbucks to use its brewing equipment and sell its specialty drinks, but the coffee shop doesn't carry the Starbucks name.
The story of Starbucks coffee at the Texas funeral home can be found here.