Cof­fee shops close

Sev­eral Star­bucks shut down in city, com­pany plans to open oth­ers

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS - JASON her­ring jher­[email protected]­media.com @ja­sonfher­ring

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.

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The Star­bucks sign was re­moved from above the brick wall and the store was closed at the High Street lo­ca­tion on Tues­day.

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