Face it: even if you aren't a loyal Starbucks-only customer, you have a favorite location; that one Starbucks that's easy-in and easy-out, knows your drink and is just the most convenient.
In light of today's news that Starbucks will close an additional 500 U.S. stores and cut 7% of its work force, I couldn't help but wonder if any Milwaukee-area stores will be on the list. Earlier this year, they announced that 100 other stores also are slated to close.
So, with 600 Starbucks preparing to close will your favorite location survive? Which ones should go?¬† Which ones should stay?
Thoughts? Use the talkback feature.
RJ | July 17, 2008 at 9:11 p.m. (report)
I just saw the list of stores to be closed (http://www.starbucks.com/aboutus/USStoreClosureInfo.pdf), and no closings are slated for the MKE area. Thats pretty amazing.
If they close any in Milwaukee, the one at 76 and Good Hope would be a good bet. It's never very busy and it's not in the best neighborhood. Also the Home Depot right behind it is closed now, leaving a very big empty box and parking lot. McDonald's and Culvers have built there recently but Starbucks said most of the stores that would be closing have only been open since 2006. The Good Hope store would fall into that category.
Alterra and Stone Creek use real espresso machines, not the automatic machines that have killed Starbucks. There's no way you could have a drive through with non auto machines, there'd be a line 6 blocks long. Grasshopper says "You must be patient for great flavor!"
Downtowner | July 2, 2008 at 1:56 p.m. (report)
With only 16 stores in the Milwaukee area (according to a search for "Milwaukee" on starbucks.com), there probably won't be many closings here. Maybe the Marquette location since it's business there is pretty seasonal. Gotta wonder, too, about Downer Ave.
Alterra and Stone Creek should have drive-thru service at some locations. I prefer them, but with having a baby I usually go for convenience.
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