Starbucks to close 25 stores in Illinois

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Starbucks has identified 25 stores in Illinois among the 600 nationwide anticipated to close through early next year, according to a list circulating among real-estate brokers.
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Since: Jan 07

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Jul 17, 2008
 
Hundreds of frozen yogurt places collapsed in the 1990s without so much fanfare as this handful of Starbucks closures is getting -- completely with maps, death watch notices, etc.

What gives?
mark

Bartlett, IL

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Jul 17, 2008
 
anybody who pays six dollars for a cup of coffee is an idiot anyway.
Billy Dee Williams

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Jul 17, 2008
 
A lot of these are in areas with sizable black populations. Coincidence?
Billy Dee Williams

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Jul 17, 2008
 
Greg Sherwin wrote:
Hundreds of frozen yogurt places collapsed in the 1990s without so much fanfare as this handful of Starbucks closures is getting -- completely with maps, death watch notices, etc.
What gives?
TCBY precedes Google Maps.
Give Me A Break

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#5
Jul 17, 2008
 
Really sad to see Starbucks leave Evergreen Park. They always provided a great customer experience.
ObamaCountry

Oak Park, IL

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#6
Jul 17, 2008
 
Sounds like a recession for the Latte Liberals
Melissa

Chicago, IL

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#7
Jul 17, 2008
 
Goodbye to bad coffee!
Martin

Chicago, IL

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#8
Jul 17, 2008
 
mark wrote:
anybody who pays six dollars for a cup of coffee is an idiot anyway.
You absolutely right, especially since you could get three starbucks coffee's for $6.00
JesseJacksonJr

Arlington Heights, IL

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#9
Jul 17, 2008
 
The Beverly store lasted less than a year. What's that tell you?
Anon Coward

Des Plaines, IL

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Jul 17, 2008
 
Goodbye to snobs who think they are special because they strut around bandying their coffee mug with the big logo. You Corporate mass marketing tools you.
Will

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#12
Jul 17, 2008
 
If Howard Schultz quit trying to put niche items into the line up to the register (breakfast sandwiches and CD's) to compensate for his ridiculously high prices (> $2 for Medium coffee, etc)- and focus on lowering the price on a *simple cup of coffee*- maybe he would regain some customer share like myself. Forget him and it Im over starbux once they hit the $2 mark. BTW - I'm not talking about a $1 thimble of coffee, like as is now.
lookyhere

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Jul 17, 2008
 
JesseJacksonJr wrote:
The Beverly store lasted less than a year. What's that tell you?
I don't know genius...what does that tell me?

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Since: May 08

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Jul 17, 2008
 
Anon Coward wrote:
Goodbye to snobs who think they are special because they strut around bandying their coffee mug with the big logo. You Corporate mass marketing tools you.
Don't forget the oversize cup holder in the Hummer to keep it from spilling on the 6-mpg carpet.

“What type of f--kery is this??”

Since: Dec 07

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Jul 17, 2008
 
Billy Dee Williams wrote:
A lot of these are in areas with sizable black populations. Coincidence?
It tells you that Black folks perfer their coffee from other more viable establishments...SIGH!!!

Personally, good riddance to the Starbucks that's closing in Bolingbrook...whenever I get a mocha there...it taste just like mud...I mean the generic Starbuck kiosk at my JOB serves better and more consistent product...
C Ben

Barrington, IL

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Jul 17, 2008
 
But HOW will we EVER have the Olympics here?!?!

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Since: Dec 07

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Jul 17, 2008
 
Scottjm76 wrote:
"The Beverly store lasted less than a year. What's that tell you?"
That says that blacks prefer to drink malt liquor or other alcoholic beverages over coffee. I'm sure that the shop being located in a predominantly black area had nothing to do with it being closed and it was more because of a lack of business.
You know what...you live in St. Louis...so, you're so beneath me...you should be having tea and crumpets with Satan himself...

Troglodyte!!!
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Jul 17, 2008
 
Give Me A Break wrote:
Really sad to see Starbucks leave Evergreen Park. They always provided a great customer experience.
With their prices I'm sure they did. Personally I get a great customer "experience" for a cup of JOE @ Burger King or Dunkin Donuts. Especially if the gal handing it to me is Hot. That's my great customer "experience".
JIm

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#20
Jul 17, 2008
 
I don't think Starbucks makes their profits from the standard cup of coffee, which sells for about $2.00. The profits probably come in from all the expensive specialty drinks and from the nick-nacks sold in the stores. It appears that the stores that are closing are located in lower income areas and people in these areas likely don't waste their money on such frills.
Maris

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Jul 17, 2008
 
Greg Sherwin wrote:
"Hundreds of frozen yogurt places collapsed in the 1990s without so much fanfare as this handful of Starbucks closures is getting -- completely with maps, death watch notices, etc.
What gives?"

Uh...no internet then, Greg, duh!
Wah Wah Wah

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#23
Jul 17, 2008
 
Dear Tribune,
Why do you bother allowing comments on minor articles like this? Seriously, it's the same thing over and over again, with a bunch of internet cranks blaming society's woes on so-called "latte liberals," or whomever it is the hysterics are trying to scapegoat these days.

(Chicago resident, despite what the ISP says, so don't bother giving me the "don't like it? stay out!" attitude. Unfortunately, I seem obligated to add this standard disclaimer to deter the cranks on this message board.)

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