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10 N.C. Starbucks stores to close

Posted July 18, 2008

— Starbucks' search for a quick fix will make it harder for some of its North Carolina customers to get theirs.

Starbucks has identified 10 company-owned stores in North Carolina that it plans to close in a bid to shore up its bottom line. The Seattle coffee retailer has planned to cut 600 stores nationwide.

Charlotte will take the biggest hit in North Carolina, losing five stores. The company will also drop one shop each in Chatham County, Greenville, Hickory, Wilson and Winston-Salem. The Chatham location is listed in Starbucks' announcement as being in Chapel Hill because it has a Chapel Hill mailing address.

Starbucks is hoping to eliminate unprofitable locations as traffic and profits have declined amid a faltering economy.

The company wouldn't say how many jobs will be affected, but said earlier most workers would be moved to other stores.


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  • NCRunner Jul 18, 2008

    Starbucks rules...

  • Heavensent Jul 18, 2008

    I never really cared for their coffee. My heart goes out to all those who will lose their jobs. Who knows maybe they will get a better job than the one they lost.

  • mrcritic Jul 18, 2008

    i used to be one of those nc state college kids.. and I would drive to peace street or cameron village to get starbucks over the other nasty coffee joints over there. Cup of Joe is about as clean as Gumby's Pizza

  • TheAdmiral Jul 18, 2008

    "Their coffee is not "burnt", it just has flavor."

    If you like the flavor of burned, or bold burned, mild burned or Decalf Burned, then yes, it has flavor.

  • foetine Jul 18, 2008

    I don't think Starbucks is closing down Cup A Joe. The closest Starbucks to them is in Cameron Village. If I remember correctly, it is Starbucks that got shut down when it moved to Hillsborough Street.

    Maybe today's college kids prefer to spend their money on Red Bull for breakfast and Miller Lite for lunch.

  • mrcritic Jul 18, 2008

    wow... archer farms.. no thanks to the generic stuff. Starbucks has so many stores for the simple fact that it is the best. Their coffee is not "burnt", it just has flavor. Again... I drink black coffee and you can get it at Starbucks for $1.80. It's well worth the money to not have the bitter hot water from an exxon. Cup of Joe is closing down because Starbucks is closing it down... and for the record, local coffee shops are just as expensive. Especially when you put candy in it. Check out how many starbucks stores are opening vs. closing. Howard Shulz is a genius. Closing these stores could be the best publicity for him. Employees and nice equipment will be used in other stores.

  • Tidbit Jul 18, 2008

    BTW - if you think Starbucks coffee is absolutely the best coffee on the face of the earth? You really haven't tried many coffees.

    8 o'clock brand even beat out Starbucks on a Consumer Reports test for taste.

    Have you ever tried the Target brand: Archer farms? They have some FANTASTIC coffees - Nicaraguan, Argitinian, and many many others.. ALL FREE TRADE coffees.

    I'm a coffee junkie. I've tried many. Even after I hard the Archer Farms, I could tell when I had Starbucks, that they've been burning their beans when they roast them lately. The quality of Starbucks has gone way down in comparison to what it use to be and comparing to what is on the market now.

  • Tidbit Jul 18, 2008

    OMG! (freaking out and pulling hair) OMG OMG OMG>>> You mean I'll actually have to cross the street to the OTHER corner to get my $6.00 burned bitter coffee???!!?!?!? NOT FAIR

  • onehandclapping Jul 18, 2008

    I drink Folgers. Black. So they can close or open as many as they want to without any change in my coffee habit. I live in Goldsboro, and they're opening up a new place close to me. Chances are I'll not go. I can't stand warm milk in my coffee or sugar. I wouldn't even know how to order a drink in there.

  • TheAdmiral Jul 18, 2008

    Close them all - their coffee always tastes burned.

    Dunkin' Donuts - It's worth the trip. I drive right by a Starbucks on my way to the Dunkin!