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Old 01-05-2012, 07:12 AM   #1
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Default Vancouver - one of the dueling Starbucks is closing

http://www.cbc.ca/news/offbeat/story...ks-closes.html

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Vancouver will soon no longer be a city that has two Starbucks outlets kitty-corner to each other.

One of the duelling coffee shops at Robson and Thurlow streets will close at the end of May due largely to a planned rent increase that has proved too steep — even for one of the most successful companies in the world.

Employees of the store on the southwest corner, underneath the Red Robin restaurant, were told Sunday night that the outlet will close at the end of May after a 24-year stint at that location.

The Starbucks that has occupied the northeast corner for 23 years, will remain.

"The lease was coming up, they couldn't come to agreement and so we are closing down," said employee Rodney Liong.

Starbucks said it's not because sales were down.

“There was enough business to stay open, absolutely,” said Starbucks vice-president Cindy Bokitch.
Meh...I preferred the SW location. It has the nicer patio.
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:18 AM   #2
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*Yawn*

The real story is the FOUR Starbucks on 97ave at 137st here in boring lil Edmonton.
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:53 AM   #3
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Another chapter closes.
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Old 01-05-2012, 11:59 AM   #4
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^Chapters should close, along with a Starbucks within it. Overpriced both!
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Old 01-05-2012, 12:42 PM   #5
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Non Story. Starbucks sucks.
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:03 PM   #6
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Starbucks is almost "passe" these days anyways....Though having said that I will hit the one in Madrid across from the Intercontinental at the end of the month because it will be across the street from our hotel. At least I know what to expect in regards to "product" when a person is overseas.

Just like watching the protesters in Athens bomb the large 2 story Starbucks around last November on the news that we had dropped by into 2008. Hopefully no repeats like that since the economy in Spain is sliding down the pipes too.

The best Starbucks when I was still in Vancouver used to be on Denman about 3 blocks back from the water but it closed out sometime around 2003 and eventually became a furniture store. They also had a tiny one across from a hugely popular independent one on Denman across from Vancouver's favourite west end coffee shop that was jammed with guys relaxing and chatting. While the Starbucks across Denman was always dead.

That was (i'm sure) the quietest Starbucks on the planet back then ......it eventually became a "cupcake" store...LOL.

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