Starbucks is set to close seven of its San Francisco stores, mainly in the downtown area, according to an internal letter dated October 2nd, as reported by the San Francisco Business Times. These closures are scheduled for October 22nd, and though the letter did not provide specific reasons for the decision, it was described as a “very difficult decision.”
Regional Vice President Jessica Borton, in the same letter, stated,
“We remain dedicated to investing in the City in meaningful and important ways that meet our partners and customers where they are — in the best way we know how.”
She reassured that employees affected by the closures would be offered opportunities to transfer to other locations, preventing job losses.
Out of the 59 Starbucks-owned store locations in San Francisco (excluding those within grocery stores), the seven set for closure are situated at the following addresses: 201 Mission St., 442 Geary St., 425 Battery St., 398 Market St., 780 Market St., 555 California St., and 1401 Van Ness Ave.
Starbucks did not provide a comment to The Epoch Times by press time, but they informed today.com that they regularly assess their business locations. The company’s spokesperson mentioned,
“This includes opening new locations, identifying stores in need of investment or renovation, exploring locations where an alternative format is needed, and, in some instances, re-evaluating our footprint.”
Furthermore, the letter from Ms. Borton noted that the renovation of four existing stores and the opening or reopening of three locations in downtown San Francisco has had a “fantastic start.”
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