Starbucks Cobourg – Now Hiring

Last November, it was announced that Starbucks was coming to Cobourg.  They will occupy a store (officially a “coffeehouse”) on the Mall property with a frontage on Elgin (County Road 2).  Included is a drive thru plus an indoor space.  Construction was delayed a bit by the pandemic and they did not make any public statements on the matter so there was speculation that maybe they changed their mind.  But no, they are now hiring.  There are two positions advertised on Workopolis – see the links below.  The jobs are entry levels but hourly pay is a little above minimum wage and unusually, there are fairly generous benefits (see below) plus perks like training to learn all about coffee and a “pound of coffee or box of tea or Kcups each week”.

Jobs Advertised

Barista/Customer Service

Full-time and Part time available
From $14.50 per hour (Tim’s in Cobourg is offering $14.25 per hour)
Part-time hours: 16-40 per week
No previous experience required – training provided

Shift Supervisor

Full-time and Part-time available
From $17.70 per hour
Part-time hours: 24-40 per week
Customer service experience in a retail or restaurant environment required.

See links below for more details and to apply

Benefits for all positions

  • Company events
  • Dental care
  • Disability insurance
  • Discounted or free food
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Extended health care
  • Flexible schedule
  • Life insurance
  • On-site parking
  • Paid time off
  • Profit sharing
  • RRSP match
  • Stock options
  • Store discount
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision care

There are many minimum wage jobs that do not include benefits as good as these.

The postings were made 19 July with no expiry date.  There has not been any announcement when the Store will open but it would have to be soon.

Extra Info

According to Mall management, the other tenants of the new “pad” adjacent to Starbucks are:

  • Juice and Smoothie Bar
  • Firehouse Subs
  • Easy Financial
  • Barburrito
  • Vacant store

Although these are listed on the Mall Management site plan (see link below), we won’t be 100% sure until they actually open. They still list Giant Tiger as “coming soon”!


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4 August 2021 8:00 am

The ‘vacant store’ is not really vacant. It has a public notice in the window that it will be selling cannabis. It is likely that all of these businesses will be hiring. The owner of one of the other franchises has recently moved to Cobourg and will be hiring. Several of the businesses have construction permits posted.

3 August 2021 11:12 am

I wonder if anyone can define ‘part time’ as opposed to ‘full time’ for me?
On construction I worked a 37.5 hour week, but this was ‘full time’……unless the work ran out and you were laid off! One then had to go back to the Union hall for another job….if there were any.

Reply to  Ken
3 August 2021 8:55 pm

When I worked 20 hrs or less was considered pastime, no benefits, times change everyday though

Reply to  Ken
4 August 2021 8:15 am

I had a maintenance job that was considered full time at 30 hours per week. It worked out well for me because I had lots of time to do other work. Some of the businesses in this new building will be busier at different times of the day. It might be possible for somebody to serve morning coffee and then make subs for lunch. Part time is better than no time and two part time jobs could be full time.

Reply to  Ken
9 August 2021 5:13 pm

Its generally accepted that less than 30 hours is considered part time….

3 August 2021 11:11 am

It won’t be 30 year old adults with kids applying to these jobs, I hope. It will be students who only want part-time hours with no desire to stay at Starbucks for the rest of their lives.

3 August 2021 10:59 am

Starbucks–aka, “4-bucks” was a case study of one of the world’s greatest brands when I was in Business School. They had secured themselves as ‘position 3’ destination in many urban dweller’s hearts after Home & Work…..
With that said, I think the brand has been dramatically trying to re-position themselves. In January they announced the closure of 300 Cdn locations; last month in regulatory filings they announced another closure of 200. Many of the locations targeted to close have their leases expiring.(**Knowing when their lease expires at Northumberland Mall would be a good thing for all employees to note…ahem…) Comfortable sit down locations with leather chairs, WiFi and bathrooms are being exited in favour of less costly drive-thru or pick-up models. If our town rallies around and buys enough $$$ Double-chi Venti-latte Cream Frappuccino with extra Cinnamon Dolce Sprinkles, double-blended–from our car– maybe they will stay open?

Old Sailor
3 August 2021 9:25 am

Nice to see a continuation of new business openings at the mall. Hopefully King Street will also participate in a revival. Walking by some long vacated stores on King Street’s south side one wonders if the property owner actually wants a tenant or is just hoping for a capital gain?

Reply to  Old Sailor
3 August 2021 10:41 am

What nonsense.

How do you get a Capital gain out of an empty store?

Some of those stores need a lot of work and deep pockets.

Reply to  Sam
3 August 2021 11:58 am

Its the property value Sam. Buy for relatively few bucks 20 (30, 40??) yrs ago and the time value of money takes over. Even in their current sorry states, the properties have appreciated in value, hence the capital gain when they are sold.
You are correct in that “Some of those stores need a lot of work…”. New owners will certainly need deep pockets to bring their property up to standard.

Lemon Cake
3 August 2021 9:16 am

Starbucks takes a lot of heat from anti-corporate types. In my old downtown Toronto neighbourhood people cheered when it closed its local branch. But I would challenge other service businesses to offer the retirement and savings benefits this company offers to its workers. The quality of job benefits and the training the company offers to staff are excellent – and it has always been reflected in the quality of service I have received in many Starbucks coffee shops.

Beach walker
Reply to  Lemon Cake
3 August 2021 2:52 pm

I tried to give a thumbs up” for this comment but it wouldn’t accept. So instead I will say “hurrah for a positive comment”. Have a fab. Day!

Reply to  Lemon Cake
3 August 2021 3:41 pm

I don’t think the negativity towards Starbucks has been so much about the treatment of their employees, (I’ve always understood that to be pretty good, comparatively), but rather the predatory manner in which they actively try to put smaller, independent competitors out of business in attempts to completely take over a particular market. Some might say that’s just good business and fair enough, but it’s inarguable that their growth has meant ruin for a lot of small businesses and changed the fabric of a lot of neighborhoods over the decades.

The fact that they decided to open in a mall parking lot and not right next door to an independent coffee shop on King St. might be a sign they’re changing tack on that.

Reply to  Matt
4 August 2021 12:37 am


I think Starbuck’s location choice is all about traffic…. the number of potential customers passing by. Close, free parking and ability to have a drive thru are also factors. These facilities are not available downtown.

Lemon Cake
Reply to  Matt
4 August 2021 7:36 am

There was definitely a time when there was a Starbucks on every corner seemingly. They’ve closed many of these neighbourhood stores. My husband and I used to spend a fortune on Starbucks when we lived in Toronto – a couple coffees a day. We make our coffee at home now and we are glad for the savings.

3 August 2021 8:29 am

From my understanding and a discussion with a friend that works at one of the larger local Employment agencies in this town ,a person requires $18.45 as a Minimum or Living wage in this town for a single person to survive and thats on a full time basis .
So I pity the manager at $17.70 per hr . who takes on the reasonability,
liability , and headaches of staffing , cleaning , order supply , Payroll / staff hrs & scheduling
etc etc and benefits are only used if you are there long enough and can afford to buy their shares How much is a Coffee at Star Bucks any way ?

ben burd
2 August 2021 5:55 pm

Let me the first to start this debate about how CERB is a disincentive to hiring. Using these figures $14.50 ph for part-time 16 to 40 hrs per week.

$500 a week works out to 34.4 hours. How many part-timers will get 35 hours each week?

Now put yourself into the shoes of a part-timer getting CERB, unless you get more hours, than 35, will you apply for this job?

So whose fault is it that the economy cannot get workers?

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Reply to  ben burd
2 August 2021 7:16 pm

Cerb is being scaled back in
September and wont last forever. The ones that apply,gain experience and move on to bigger and better things are the ones that will benefit in the long term. Im sure other employers will take notice.

Reply to  ben burd
3 August 2021 3:52 am

First of all, CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) ended last December (2020). It was replaced with CRB (Canadian Recovery Benefit) which is due to end this October (conveniently, just after the expected election).

Second, why wouldn’t any of those part-timers take whatever hours they could get to supplement their CRB payments? If you met all the [CRB] eligibility requirements, you could work as many as 50 hours per week at $14.50/hour ($725.00/week) and still get your CRB on top of that.
“If you received the CRB and your net income is more than $38,000 (excluding CRB amounts), you may have to reimburse some or all of the benefit.”

So, any hours you work at that part time job would be a benefit to you. Throw in all or some of the employment benefits offered and it looks like a pretty good deal for those CRB collectors.
Why not apply?

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Reply to  Frenchy
3 August 2021 12:57 pm

Hey Frenchy thanks for the above explanations. I’d like to add though anyone criticizing these payouts by any name are either retired and or own their home and or earn a decent pension/wage. The GOC did what it had to do to enable shelter and food for millions of ‘none of the above’ Canadians AND quickly. Can you imagine if the GOC decided it needed a Royal Commission to help decide what was the best course of relief – brings shivers to my spine. Are we all gonna eventually pay for this relief, yep big time? At the same time a humanitarian crisis was/is being averted and I say good on the GOC for getting this done.

Reply to  ben burd
3 August 2021 10:45 am

35 hours is pretty much a full time job so you are splitting hairs.

There is no doubt that Government benefits in the US as well is causing a shortage of workers in North America.

ben burd
Reply to  Sam
3 August 2021 2:53 pm

If 35 hours in your opinion is full time then why will not Starbucks hire all the workers at 35 hours and call them full-time. I put it to you that there will be very few workers with 35 hours a week the rest of them will be on short hours split shifts weekends and other nasty workplace arrangements.

Reply to  ben burd
3 August 2021 5:25 pm

Welcome to the new workforce Ben

ben burd
Reply to  Leweez
4 August 2021 5:23 pm

I am not welcoming the “new workforce” at any time there is no excuse for it. Just Corporate greed, where CEOs are paid to realise greater wealth by anything other than creating product. The labour cost is just another commodity to be used at the lowest cost.
I could go on for hours about the shortcomings of the new workforce but I’ll stop now!

Reply to  ben burd
4 August 2021 5:50 pm

I agree with everything you are saying, it is unfortunate

Reply to  ben burd
4 August 2021 6:33 pm

I could go on for hours about the shortcomings of the new workforce

Are you and Leweez mixing up “workplace” and “workforce”? Does the new workforce (labour) have shortcomings or does the new workplace?
Very confusing and hard to follow your argument and determine which side of the coin you’re on.

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Reply to  Frenchy
4 August 2021 8:25 pm

Sorry, I am speaking of the work place, which in turn relates to the new work force

Reply to  ben burd
5 August 2021 3:44 pm

How is different than the old workforce ?
when was it great for the workforce ?

Reply to  ben burd
10 August 2021 11:01 pm

im not replying to a specific comment just in general saying…

I think in this situation you are looking at a place that is open from 5am to 10pm or later. You need alot of staff to fill those shifts, payroll of prob $1000 a day. Part time usually means you may or may not get 30+ hours a week or be able to commit to that amount of work. Full time means a commitment of 30+ hours a week consistently week to week. Full time has an understanding that you have open availability to the company where as part time you might be not available at certain times. Having a bunch of part time workers, means you can increase hours or over lap when needed.

Oct 1 min wage increases to $14.35 an hour. If you hire a student its $1 less.

However all this talk is great, but right now you could hire someone to lay down and they will stand up to quit.

nobody cares work harder