HOWARDSCHULTZ, CEO and chairman of the Starbucks coffee chain, seems to act disingenuously when he described the opening of a branch in St James’s Street, Brighton, without planning permission as “an isolated situation”

(The Argus, May 12).

Far from this being an isolated case, the opening of branches without planning permission appears, in recent years, to have been a regular company policy.

I understand this to be the case as the company did a similar thing in Hertford, Manchester, Cardiff, Pinner, Harrow, Blackheath, and twice in Edinburgh, according to an article on Wikipedia.

I make that nine “isolated situations” in all that he should apologise for.

Graham Chainey, Marine Parade, Brighton