STARBUCKS TO CLOSE 600 LOCATIONS

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    Jul 24, 2008 7:00 AM GMT
    I was wondering if anyone was being directly effected by any of these 600 store locations being shut accross the U.S. ?

    If this isn't a sign of bad times ahead I don't know what is.icon_sad.gif

    The days of a Starbucks on every corner is coming to an end.
  • Timbales

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    Jul 24, 2008 11:18 AM GMT
    The one I go to most often, a few blocks from my gym, is on the closing list. icon_sad.gif
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    Jul 24, 2008 2:15 PM GMT
    Mine is not closing but 2 in Louisville are.
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    Jul 24, 2008 2:18 PM GMT
    They are opening lots here in UAE. Every corner of every mall here has to have one!


    Hmm... is moving to Dubai an option...?
  • Hunter9

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    Jul 24, 2008 2:38 PM GMT
    ZiMpLuS said
    Hmm... is moving to Dubai an option...?


    i wish!!!
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    Jul 24, 2008 2:40 PM GMT
    It was kind of creepy. They were appearing almost overnight like mushrooms...
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    Jul 24, 2008 2:57 PM GMT
    It's like America just woke up from a ten-year hypnosis and said "holy crap was I really paying $4 for a cup of coffee?"

    In related news, Dunkin' Donuts is expanding. Sign of the times I guess.

    This affects me because I miss Dunkin' Donuts. There's only one here in Austin and it's 20 miles away from me. With any luck they'll just move in to many of the Starbucks spaces.
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    Jul 24, 2008 3:10 PM GMT
    they're closing three in the Hillcrest area of San Diego. We seriously have them on every corner. So doesn't affect us to much, not that I even go.

    500 calorie coffee...pass.
  • gumbosolo

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    Jul 24, 2008 3:16 PM GMT
    They're closing nine in Baton Rouge, already closed a bunch in New Orleans. Both places and my hometown have several awesome locally owned, reasonably priced coffee shops that won't be sorry to see them go. My place is on the way to work, a whole breakfast is about five bucks, the proprietor is always trying out new recipes, and I can rely on meeting awesome musicians and the occasional movie star there. At least here, the Starbuck's massacre looks like a healthy step back away from nationwide generics. I feel for all the folks losing jobs, though.
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    Jul 24, 2008 3:36 PM GMT
    To see an article on this and the Starbucks brand, go to http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/5973.html.
  • Timbales

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    Jul 24, 2008 3:41 PM GMT
    sdn8 saidthey're closing three in the Hillcrest area of San Diego. We seriously have them on every corner. So doesn't affect us to much, not that I even go.

    500 calorie coffee...pass.


    I like a latte made with skim milk and 2 shots of espresso after a work out. icon_sad.gif
  • cowboyathlete

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    Jul 24, 2008 3:45 PM GMT
    I had to change dry cleaners because my old location was in the same small strip mall as a Fourbucks...I meant Starbucks. The caffeine and latte addicts took up every available parking space, and circled around like vultures waiting for an empty spot.
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    Jul 24, 2008 4:23 PM GMT
    Thank GOD! Now if only we could get Wal-Marts to close we'd be headed in the right direction.
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    Jul 24, 2008 4:28 PM GMT
    I think they want to get back that high end feel they lost when they went all mass market.

    Smart move because the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf looks to be the next big thing to happen to premium Coffee.
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    Jul 24, 2008 4:31 PM GMT
    XRuggerATX saidIt's like America just woke up from a ten-year hypnosis and said "holy crap was I really paying $4 for a cup of coffee?"

    In related news, Dunkin' Donuts is expanding. Sign of the times I guess.

    This affects me because I miss Dunkin' Donuts. There's only one here in Austin and it's 20 miles away from me. With any luck they'll just move in to many of the Starbucks spaces.


    Do you have Tim Hortons down there yet? I know they've been expanding into the U.S.
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    Jul 24, 2008 4:36 PM GMT
    StripperRocco saidThank GOD! Now if only we could get Wal-Marts to close we'd be headed in the right direction.


    Wal-mart closed a store here in Quebec, Canada. However that was because there employees voted in the union. Wal-mart said it was because the store underperformed..

    Can you say bullshit! icon_biggrin.gif
  • fitnfunmich

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    Jul 24, 2008 4:49 PM GMT
    I'm happy to see them go. It would be one thing if they actually served good coffee, but they buy the cheapest beans and roast them to oblivion. On top of that, the barristas are usually rude.

    We used to have this really hip, locally-owned coffee shop in downtown Royal Oak where I live that was the best--of course it closed after Starbucks opened up in town a few years back. Sad.
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    Jul 24, 2008 4:52 PM GMT
    Sean_85 said
    XRuggerATX saidIt's like America just woke up from a ten-year hypnosis and said "holy crap was I really paying $4 for a cup of coffee?"

    In related news, Dunkin' Donuts is expanding. Sign of the times I guess.

    This affects me because I miss Dunkin' Donuts. There's only one here in Austin and it's 20 miles away from me. With any luck they'll just move in to many of the Starbucks spaces.


    Do you have Tim Hortons down there yet? I know they've been expanding into the U.S.


    I live in Columbus,Ohio where Wendy's is headquartered... We've had Tim Horton's for quite some time... since Wendy's owns them.
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    Jul 24, 2008 5:02 PM GMT
    StripperRocco said
    Sean_85 said
    XRuggerATX saidIt's like America just woke up from a ten-year hypnosis and said "holy crap was I really paying $4 for a cup of coffee?"

    In related news, Dunkin' Donuts is expanding. Sign of the times I guess.

    This affects me because I miss Dunkin' Donuts. There's only one here in Austin and it's 20 miles away from me. With any luck they'll just move in to many of the Starbucks spaces.


    Do you have Tim Hortons down there yet? I know they've been expanding into the U.S.


    I live in Columbus,Ohio where Wendy's is headquartered... We've had Tim Horton's for quite some time... since Wendy's owns them.


    Use to own Tim Hortons. Wendy's spun it off because Wendy's is not doing very well. As far as I know, Timmies is on its own again and Wendy's had been bought by some other company.
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    Jul 24, 2008 5:10 PM GMT
    Whereas my heart goes out to those potentially losing their job because of the closings, I think Starbucks had it coming. Having 2 or more stores DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET from each other is unnecessary, haha. Also, I've been in many shopping centers where there is a Target with a Starbucks inside, and another Starbucks in the same plaza, sometimes right outside of Target.

    SPREAD THE STORES OUT! lol

    As much as I do love Starbucks, I am not going to miss the opportunity to satisfy my over-priced coffee craving at every street corner, ha ha.
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    Jul 25, 2008 2:40 AM GMT
    There are five Starbucks locations within the main University of Florida campus and according to the university newspaper they are all staying open. While business might be sagging elsewhere, clearly there remains enough caffeine-addicted college students here to keep them up and running!
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    Jul 25, 2008 2:46 AM GMT
    I'm pretty sure I keep the one near my house running.icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 25, 2008 2:52 AM GMT
    I'm directly affected in a positive way! I'm a stock holder of another premium coffee house here in the SF area and so bye bye starbucks means hello customers! ching ching!!
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    Jul 25, 2008 2:56 AM GMT
    eb925guy saidI'm directly affected in a positive way! I'm a stock holder of another premium coffee house here in the SF area and so bye bye starbucks means hello customers! ching ching!!


    What company? CB&TL?
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    Jul 25, 2008 3:06 AM GMT
    StripperRocco saidThank GOD! Now if only we could get Wal-Marts to close we'd be headed in the right direction.


    That's how I feel about it, too. I much prefer to patronize local independent coffee shops. The product is as good or better than Starbucks and the atmosphere and decor of the locals is great