Feds Forcing Small Business Owner Out In Favor Of Starbucks

CBS Sacramento

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MATHER (CBS13) — As a small-business owner, Ken Gilmore loves serving veterans coffee and donuts at the V.A. Medical Center on Mather Field.

They’ve supported him through some major personal challenges.

“I had cancer, and the cancer ended up leading to heart disease,” Gilmore said.

As he continues to recover from two heart attacks, he faces another major setback: After 15 years, the V.A. is pushing his coffee business out and bringing in a Starbucks instead.

“The government is supposed to support small business, and the agreement with Starbucks and the V.A. really just smashes small businesses nationwide,” he said.

The decision doesn’t just affect Gilmore. The deal with Starbucks affects 150 medical centers nationwide.

“For years we’ve had these vendor contractors provide coffee at various medical centers and clinics, and now they want to standardize it,” said Robin Jackson, a spokesman for the medical…

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