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Thread: Starbucks closing ~300 Canadian locations. Get a big pot?

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    Starbucks Canada closing ~300 locations before end of March. Not all due to COVID: they started closing before COVID.

    Starbucks to close up to 300 stores in Canada by end of March - National | Globalnews.ca



    Sorry for the employees. Maybe some deals?
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    Thank you @Shaw Girl
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    We just got a new starbucks

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    Less public wi-fi to use from nearby parking lots. I totally understand that Starbucks might have seen a big financial hit with each round of lockdowns, as customers being able to buy food and enjoy it indoors helped with impulse buys (I'm such a customer and it's a treat to enjoy a warmed croissant with a hot beverage indoors). Nothing like a lineup inside eyeing the baked goods area or the prepped meals with hangry to add items to one's planned chai latte or tea order.

    Even the sites attached to Indigo stores might be struggling (though back when I was a Chapters employee in early 2000s, the next door Starbucks saved our team's frozen selves at 7am (we waited in their store) while waiting for a manager who was late to open a door (she had a valid reason but we were in the second week of a bitterly cold January). I think I bought cookies to pass the time waiting.
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    There's a Starbucks soon to open down the street where I live.
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    There are two Starbucks apart 5 minutes' walk apart in the west end of Ancaster. One has a drive-thru and is near the Walmart. The other one is inside the Longos store but the seating area has mostly been unavailable for 2020 (grocery skids or empty space).

    Whoever is driving the Gordon Foods truck to town is going to likely have a shorter replenishment run if either one closes down soon.
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    I think they have a problem marketing themselves. It's not cheap, but it isn't fancy.

    It used to be a "lifestyle experience" back in the 2000s. But it's just wifi hobo central these days. People buying $2 coffee and sit all day, even plugging their laptops to the wall with no shame, and "tsk" at my toddler eating a $12 meal. After seeing an actual hobo peeing all over himself and the sofa, I don't want to go there anymore. They have made the in-store experience too nice for non-paying and low value customers. Making it very unpleasant for valued customers. I don't feel like subsidizing them.

    Well, they have turned themselves into a bank with the giftcard program. They dropped the ball on the actual cafes. This is what happened when you hire superstar CEO instead of promoting internally.
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