Want to know if your favorite Starbucks is closing?

@coffeebreak (17815)
United States
July 18, 2008 7:49pm CST
Here's the list of the starbucks that they are closing - 600 nation wide. I am not surprised, I am quite frankly surprised that that is all they are closing. I am surprised that they stayed so high priced for so long and everyone just kept buying! $3.75 for a minimum starting price plus all the extras? That is nearly a lunch price before the extras! ! Myself, just never could see what grabbed everyone to pay that high a price for a quick drink! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/07/18/starbucks-reveals-closure_n_113593.html IF you are a drinker - and yours is closing - what are your plans to "fight back"?!
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• United States
19 Jul 08
I am a Starbucks drinker because there is a starbucks around my university and when I needed a quick pick me up I went there. That was the only coffee place around there. I really like Starbucks and their taste but It's not like I bought it everyday. It was a like a treat for me because I surely couldn't afford to buy it everyday. I am actually close to receiving a $25 gift card for Starbucks but if the one that is near my college closes then I won't really die. So I just went through the list and found out that the one that is near my college won't be closing. I guess the stores that are around college bring them a lot of business and they could not close them down. But if it did close I wouldn't really fight back. I am also a fan of Dunkin Donuts and there is one around where I live. As I go to the train station it's right there and I could buy coffee. So now I guess that I could put that Starbucks gift card to good use when I get it. I don't really have to worry about whether I have enough money to buy me a quick pick me up. Well this was a long post. Sorry but thanks for giving us this link. Happy Mylotting!
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@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I think that location location locatio is what put Starbucks on the map or should I say "in the grind"! Every where accessable and everywhere people wait! Good manuever on their part! I buy a $50 gift card for my daughter as a christmas gift and she loves it! I did it one year as a little funny gift thing - a $10 GC and when I bought it, I asked for a cup and lid - THey looked at me like a calf looking at a new fence, but I said - "its gift wrap for the gift card". They still didn't get it. But when I had my grand daughter "serve coffee" and she opened the lid, she was thrilled!! So the next year I was stumped for something to get her anyway, so I did the $50 one - and she (for all practical purposes...) did cartwheels when she opened it! I've ginven her lots of gifts in the years, but this was the first flip I've gotten! Haven't heard squeals out of her since the day she was born!!! So it was a great gift and one that she dearly loved! ANd she tought of me every day she got her "Fix". She has since cut back, and likes a place called The Coffee Bean.
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• United States
19 Jul 08
That is so cool. I've heard someone say something about the coffe bean. But i'v'e never seen it around where I go to school. If I did then I'll probably try it because i'm all for trying new things. So I guess your daughter doesn't have to worry too much about Starbucks closing. I would have donen a back flips and some cartwheels if I had gotten that gift card.
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• United States
19 Jul 08
That's funny what you said. And yeah gift cards are a good gift because people can choose what they want to buy themselves.
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@sergeantrom (5711)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Where I live, there is a starbucks on every mile radius and none of them are closing!! I bought the mug and have coffee every day for 54 cents. I once started making starbucks at home but its just not the same taste. After all gone, I went back to the store. I think I am addicted but my addiction is reasonable.
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• United States
19 Jul 08
I go the same store every day so I just ask for a refill. I got one even better. I get a free refill every month because the starbucks is in the kroger store and I swipe my kroger card for points. The mug was expensive to buy but it was well worth it!!!
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@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Good work if you can get it! Maybe everyone should check their local grocery and see if theirs has a Starbucks in it and what special offers they have! You got a good deal there!
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@snowy22315 (72310)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I never went to the store in question in my area. Maybe that is why it closed. In fact I didnt even know there was a Starbucks there. The two Starbucks I go to in my area are not on the list, nor do I think they should be because they are always busy. They have drive thrus and people seem to like to go there. I feel kind of sad for Starbucks but I think they may have expanded too fast.
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@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I didn't bother to look as I don't drink coffee, but there are several here that are in rather "hard to get to" locations and recently opened, and I wouldn't be surprised if they close. The ones next to Barnes and Noble book stores, you know will stay open! Add a drive thru window and those will probably stay open too!
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@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I just found this out about Starbucks in a new discussion Save our Starbucks! http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1611969.aspx Apparently causing a huge ruckus! But seems to me they might just be playing the field to see if that location really is a money grabber or not! I wonder if htey are not trying to re-focus their locations from "on every corner" to "in every store". They are in grocery stores, Targets, etc. Maybe they are sliming down in their own expenses to make more money - just pay a little bit of rent to the store and clamp onto the stores customers instead of getting their own!!!! Hum....would seem to save them some money while still making that same high priced revenues!
• Malaysia
19 Jul 08
I have heard this news before but still wondering why is their closing??? Is there no more people want to drink their coffee?? Is the rent is to high?? Starbucks...
@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Mostly they are closing because people can't afford the very high price for a cup of flavored coffee...I would say anymore, but at their high prices, $3.75 for a regular cup with no extras - person could drop $5-$6 a cup! Now with the economy crunch people are not wasting their money that way any more. The slower shops are closing or the ones so close to gether. Seems mostly in the larger cities.
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@skinnychick (6906)
• United States
19 Jul 08
There are none closing in my state but I wouldn't really care either way. I grab a coffee once in awhile from there but I like Caribou coffee better. It wouldn't bother me that much if Starbucks went away.
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@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I don't drink either. My daughter did try me on their ice teas and she loves them but I think they are just, first - FAR to expensive and second just to thick and rich tasting that it almost isn't even like ice tea. The cost is stopping her addiction tho!
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• United States
19 Jul 08
I'm not a real big starbucks drinker anyway,i like to enjoy one every once in awhile but it has alot of sugar and i break out from it,i enjoy the caffeine but i can get that from reg coffee.I live in Colorado Springs and the news said that the ones here aren't closing,i'm not sure why.
@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
19 Jul 08
They are probably a good crowd pleaser come winter time! Warm cup of coffee and all! There are more closing in larger cities because they opened so many.. every other corner almost - Starbucks took the "one on every corner" logo saying from Kinko's I think!
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@kbjunior15 (1309)
• United States
19 Jul 08
My father-in-law will be devasted if the local one close. HE swears by Starbucks and is truly addicted. I myself have never had Starbucks and could care less
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@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Same here - I don't drink coffee so what the heck do I care if they close! But to be nice to those that do have the love of coffee - guess they'll just have to start making that really hard and emotionally enduring decision...can I afford this today?
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• Indonesia
19 Jul 08
I'm not a really Starbucks lover, but I do like coffee from those coffee shops. I prefer one from Coffee Bean, they taste better, though the price is not much better than Starbucks. I don't think they're closing Starbucks at my country, never heard any announcements or anything here. Happy mylotting and have a nice day!
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@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
19 Jul 08
My daughter was addicted to SB until her budget told her to go cold turkey. She then found The Coffee Bean and it was a bit cheaper so she started there and said it was pretty good. Now, she has cut way back on both but then started on the iced tea at starbucks!! I'm an ice tea addict, but I think SB's are to rich and thick to hardly be enjoyable as a nice iced tea drink.
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• Uruguay
19 Jul 08
man this is crazy! i live in uruguay and usually all the cool places that open here end up getting bankrupt! Unfortunetly they don't have Starbucks in Uruguay but I tried it in Sydney when I was there and I really liked it.
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@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Just look at all the money you saved by not haveing one down there!!! Buthey, maybe you could start a coffee business.....
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@YoungInLove (1254)
• Canada
19 Jul 08
I just go to Tim Hortons. Its only a Canadian thing (very very few in the states I think there might be some though) anyways, a large triple cream triple sugar is 1.60. And you can get a medium ice cap for 2.60. And these are big portions to. So its pretty decently prices there and the wuality is high to. Ive been to a startbucks before, and I thought it was gross actually. It tasted watered down and just no that good actually:S
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@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
19 Jul 08
At least the price is reasonable. I don't drink coffee so I don't know! But I can think of alot more to do with nearly $5 than drink it in about 5 minutes! I prefer a large ice tea for $1.39 and super size it for 39 cents more!
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• Canada
19 Jul 08
Starbucks be danged. I live at The Second Cup. http://www.secondcup.com I never liked Starbuks.
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@snowy22315 (72310)
• United States
19 Jul 08
That store looks pretty good Danish. I wonder if they will open any in the US? Tim Horton's did. I might visit it if they did. I also like Caribou coffee, another Starbucks competitior.
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@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Hmmm well yes, our Starbucks is one of the ones that is closing. But, I'm not a coffee drinker so it doesn't affect me. Matter of fact I've never even been in a Starbucks. LOL Ours is a new one though, so its bad that it couldn't stay open. That and jobs are so hard to find here also, so I worry about the people losing their jobs.
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@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Business owners seldom care about employess loosing their jobs, just their own bottom line. Starbucks is such a huge offering out there, you'd think that now that competition has hit them hard, followed by the bad economy, that they'd lower their prices instead of closing stores - at least give it a try. Closing your offering is a sure fire way to loose income...but at least if you just lower your prices, you have a chance of keeping your clients and income. Kind of like sell it for $20 to 10 people or $10 to 20 people. In this case the MORE people there, the higher the income - instead of paying $4.75 for a cup of coffee 2 times a week, they would pay $2.75 a cup 4 times a week - the same basics are there, but what they have working for them that they apparently don't realize is that once the customer is in there - there is a good chance that they will add a little something to their order. The more times the customer is "in there" the more chances the store has of them adding something to their order or even comeing back more often - ergo they will make at leas the same and probably more money. People will see $4.57 for one time, but not hardly blink at $2.75 for one time and think that they will be able to go more often - it is now half price! Mind games in over drive!
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@mtrekster (179)
• United States
19 Jul 08
i have heard from my news channels here in wv, the local ones that the local starbucks near my house is not closing. nor have i heard anything from them about the little store starbucks within kroger. it may be more expensive to get a hot chai there, but they have better chai than what my aunt can fix. and she does not even do it right at all.
@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Probably those within another store will stay open - they have a captive audience. Rent is probably lower to! Great that you can get it at home!
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• United States
19 Jul 08
I love starbucks, for two main reasons. I have a location 2 blocks away from my house here in Concord, Ca. Not on closing list. If It closes I'll still have another one, as I have three in my area. one closing on the other side of my town. 2nd, I get from $75.00 to $150.00 in gift cards, from my family and teachers at my school. I'm a Elementary School Head Cusodian. My favorite drink, Caramel Frap. triple shot, with extra caramel. large-Cost about $5.25 each.
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@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Good for you for getting the gift cards to cover you "habit"!!! but $5.25 a cup without - my point driven...that is more than a gallon of gas here in California and some pay that every day!!!! $40 a week for a drink a day!!! $200 a month of a drink a day!!! I can sure think of a TON more things to do with $200 a month!!!
• United States
19 Jul 08
Yes, I know that. Maybe some day I'll be able to use a star bucks card for gas too. That'll be nice.
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@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
20 Jul 08
Well, they say they have cars that run on water or a way to make your car run on water or somethig like that...if water can make them go...guess caffine and sugar could be the next step!
• United States
19 Jul 08
I live in Ludington, Michigan. They just built the building Starbucks is in about 4 months ago and now they say that it will be closing in a year or two. i think that was just a waste.
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@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
20 Jul 08
That is odd. Must have got caught in the margins some where!
@srpkinja (375)
• Canada
19 Jul 08
Wow! I did not know so many Starbucks were closing but I understand why. They're prices are ridiculous. I only go to Starbucks when I really feel like it (which is not often). The last time I really went to starbucks was on my birthday, before that I have never bought anything at Starbucks. I think that if they wish to continue selling their coffees and such things that they need to bring down the prices. I mean, who has the money these days to pay for a full tank of gas and then walk into Starbucks with a friend and buy 2 coffees for $20. Not me! And even if I did have crazy money, I wouldnt go to Starbucks. Although theyre drinks, latees and coffees are delicious, I dont think the prices are worth it.
@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
20 Jul 08
Well, I thought that slow business was why they were closing and still could be - not enough customers to pay the high prices, but with this discussion I am wondering if they are capitalizing on a new theme of offering - before anyone else gets there and that is to get in place INSIDE other stores. First they are "on every corner" now they want to be "in every store"... Maybe they are setting a new standard for the new millemium! WHy search for their own customers when they can pilpher off the stores customers and let the store pay for attracting the customers!
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I live in Minnesota and our Starbucks is on the list to close....I didn't visit it very often but it will be missed. I bought alot of gift cards for Starbucks fans for Christmas and birthday gifts!
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@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
20 Jul 08
I buy them as gifts to. You can do that online tho. I do surveys and things and one of the forms of payment is gift cards and Starbucks is always on there so I buy them that way for gifts and stocking stuffers at christmas time or in a plastic easter egg at easter time!
@pearl1003 (670)
• Philippines
19 Jul 08
Hmmm... i want to know it for sure, but then here in our country, there are more Starbucks coffee shops opening soon. And actually, im waiting for the nearest one to open. Wow, i'll be 10 minutes away from it once it's operating!
@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
20 Jul 08
I don't like coffee, although the aroma in the morning is very nice! But hope you enjoy it when it opens!
• United States
19 Jul 08
I have drank starbucks before and don't think there is anything all that special about the coffee. I guess first of all I am not a person who drinks coffee all the time so I don't know maybe there is the difference but even if I was a person who drank coffee all the time I wouldn't pay the prices they ask for their product. That is just way to high.
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@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I don't drink it either. I'd say more than the flavor of the coffee itself, it is all the additives that they offer for adding to the coffee - the flavors, spices, whipped toppings, hot, cold etc. But still - just to expensive! I buy the General FOods International Coffees (during the colder months) and they have a few nice flavores and I just add some Cool WHip topping and it all lasts me for about 2weeks for $2.84 for the mix and $1.59 for the whip topping with some left over!
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
20 Jul 08
I dont drink coffee so it will not affect me whatever stores they close. There are none in our area either. I think the nearest one is about a two hour drive away.