Independent presidential candidate Howard Schultz to hold events in Utah

(AP Photo | John Hanna) Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, center, speaks about the possibility that he'll run for president as an independent candidate during a town hall meeting on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, Kansas. Schultz believes he would take much of his support from disaffected Republicans.

Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks exploring an independent run for the U.S. presidency, is coming to Utah next week for a series of town halls, his team announced Thursday.

The visit is part of Schultz’ “Heart of America” bus tour as he prepares to make a formal decision on whether to mount a third-party challenge against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Schultz is scheduled to meet with the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday followed that day by a town hall at Davis Technical College in Kaysville.

The next day Schultz will tour the National Ability Center in Park City and meet with business owners there and in Lehi ahead of a town hall meeting at the headquarters of Silicon Slopes.

His visit comes after Democratic candidates Elizabeth Warren and Julian Castro made recent campaign stops.