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The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that Starbucks is laying off an unspecified number of its Seattle headquarters employees, the first such move since 2009 when the recession hit the company's sales and profits.

No layoffs are slated to take place in the company's stores, management said. A spokesperson said that the jobs being eliminated were "redundant or not in line with our growth strategy."

The moves come just a week after the decision by COO Troy Alstead to take an extended unpaid leave of absence, but the spokesperson said there was "absolutely" no connection between the two things.
KC's View:
The most important part of this story is that the layoffs are not happening in the stores ... because it tells you that Starbucks understands where the money is made, and the importance of the folks on the front lines.