Coffee shops close
Several Starbucks shut down in city, company plans to open others
Prominent Edmonton Starbucks shops on High Street and in Garneau are among a spate of locations of the prolific coffee chain that are closing their doors.
The Edmonton Starbucks locations that have shut down or will soon be shutting down includes shops on Miller Boulevard, in Westgate and at 99 Avenue and 105 Street.
A Starbucks spokesperson said closures like this aren’t out of the ordinary.
“As a normal part of doing business, every year we open many new stores, we close some, and renovate/relocate a few others,” the company stated.
“When we decide to close a store, we go to great lengths to minimize negative impacts: we offer all affected store partners (employees) roles at other stores, we communicate to customers and community neighbours in advance and advise them how we will continue to support them moving forward.”
The company says they have opened five new stores in Edmonton in the past six months and plan to open eight new stores in the city during the 2020 fiscal year.
In addition to the standalone locations, the Starbucks inside the Chapters on Whyte Avenue will close on Oct. 26, the same day the big-box bookstore ceases operation.
The trend of closures for the coffee chain isn’t unique to Edmonton. Some stores in Calgary are closing, too, including one in Kensington.
In 2018, Starbucks said it would shut down 150 underperforming stores in 2019.
The Starbucks sign was removed from above the brick wall and the store was closed at the High Street location on Tuesday.