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Shuttering Starbucks

March 25, 2009

starbuckscorona1Reuters checked out some of the stores that Starbucks is closing in California’s Inland Empire – an area well known for being a leader in home foreclosures.

Some of the coffee shop closures made sense, some didn’t and some had us wondering just what Starbucks was thinking.

This yet-to-be closed cafe, on the left, is in an upscale mall near a eerily quiet housing development — a no-brainer.

Another that is set to be closed is located in a busy, movie theater-anchored shopping center near a university. When we drove by, the store appeared busy.

An already closed cafe in a rundown neighborhood, shown below, was in a strip mall anchored by low-priced grocer Food 4 Less.
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(Photos\Reuters)

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