Starbucks closure list in Georgia: Starbucks announced July 1 that it was closing down 600 “underperforming” stores nationwide. On July 17, Starbucks disclosed a full list of the store closings on their company website, Starbucks.com. California and Florida were the two hardest hit states, receiving 88 and 57 closings respectively. The state of Georgia, where this writer lives, will lose 13 of the world-famous coffee shops (called “coffeehouses”). All but three of the shops are located in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
Closings will begin shortly and will continue into the beginning of 2009, according to the website.
For some, who are addicted to a Starbucks perk-up on their way to work, this can or could be quite problematic. But, if you’re like most, you will adjust, which means finding a more out-of-the-way Starbucks to patronize, finding another coffee shop to frequent altogether, purchasing fast-food or convenience store coffee, or brewing your own to take along on your morning commute. Three of the metro-Atlanta shops that are closing are in Gwinnett County (also where this writer resides); two of those are on Pleasant Hill Road, a major connector to miles of malls and businesses that intersects with Interstate 85 just north of Atlanta proper in Duluth.
Any Starbucks fix that this writer (or, more accurately, this writer’s wife, who is a Starbucks fanatic) might need can be supplied by the Starbucks on Lawrenceville Highway, which is only a few hundred yards south of Pleasant Hill Road on the eastern side of Interstate 85. It is a mere mile from this writer’s doorstep, so inconvenience really does not apply to yours truly. And if that one were to close, there’s another Starbucks inside a 24-hour Kroger grocery store in the plaza mall another hundred yards down the street.
And inconvenience really does not apply to too many people in Atlanta. There are Starbucks coffee shops literally everywhere. In fact, on Pleasant Hill Road there are a couple of Starbucks that will still be in operation. One is technically located on Satellite Boulevard, but it is on the corner of Pleasant Hill Road. And, just a few doors down, sits a Barnes & Nobles, which has a Starbucks inside. There are two dozen Starbucks coffeehouses within a couple miles just in Gwinnett County alone, so, if one simply cannot drop into a local coffee shop, visit another chain store, make do with coffee from a convenience store or wait to brew a cup at home, there are plenty of the Seattle-based coffee giant’s stores to take up the slight slack these closures will cause.
So, despite all the closings nationwide being conducted by Starbucks, the coffee chain’s stores are so ubiquitous in major metropolitan areas like Atlanta that it would take far more than ten stores closing to force people to drive very far out of their way to get to one.
Full List of U.S. Store Closures