By the end of the month 16 Starbucks locations will close.
But why are so many locations closing?
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Why are some locations closing?
Starbucks has a reputation for being a safe communal space with Wi-Fi where many people will camp out to work for a little while. However, in some locations safety of the staff and guests is a growing concern. Starbucks has resorted so drastic measures to keep some of the cafes safe.
On July 11 Starbucks announced that they will permanently be closing 16 urban locations where crime has gotten out of control. Six of the closing locations are in Starbuck’s hometown of Seattle. Of the other permeant closures, six of them are in the Los Angeles area, two in Portland, Oregon, one in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and one in Washington, D.C. All 16 locations will close by the end of the month.
A Starbucks spokesperson said that instances of drug use, theft, and assault were rampant in these cafes. The decision to close them was based on the volume of crime complaints and unsuccessful attempts to lower them.
Changes to Starbucks are on the horizon in order to “reinvent” itself. There aren’t any details on the changes yet, but there should be news in the coming weeks.