Starbucks announced last week that they will be closing 600 stores nationwide. This will reduce the national average number of Starbucks per street corner to approximately 3.7. Although it was said that no Central PA locations will be closing, WHP is reporting that two area ‘Bucks will be going under. One of them is the store on Paxton Street (which I didn’t know existed), and the other is the Third & Market location in SoMa (which is about half a block from the Strawberry Square location).
I’m not a big Starbucks fan. Partly because their large plain coffee costs $2.09, but mostly because all of their beans always taste over-roasted. So I’d just as soon see a local coffee shop go in. St. Thomas Downtown, anyone?
Does anyone think this will affect the projected draw of SoMa? The Starbucks factor doesn’t affect me personally, but we all know people who refuse to drink any coffee other than Starbucks, and/or who consider a nearby Starbucks a substantial factor in choosing lodging.