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Local Starbucks to remain open

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By Carol A. Clark

Rumors circulating the community that Starbucks on Central Avenue is closing its doors have been dispelled by Starbucks' corporate headquarters. In response to telephone calls and e-mail, Starbucks' spokesman Evan Pham says the popular coffee store will remain open.

In an e-mail Friday, Pham wrote that while he can't comment on rumor and speculation, as of last July, only four store locations in New Mexico were confirmed for closure.  Los Alamos is not among that group.

Stores on the July closure list include:

Albuquerque – 2270 Wyoming at Menaul;

Bloomfield – 500 W. Broadway;

Las Cruces – 11732 N. Main St. at Temple, and

Roswell – 4506 N. Main St.

"Starbucks recently announced that we plan to close approximately 300 additional under-performing company-operated stores: approximately 200 in the U.S. and with the remainder in international markets," Pham stated in the e-mail. "We do not at this time have specific details about numbers of partners or stores that may be impacted by these announcements in New Mexico."

A final list of closures will be available when it has been finalized, and once impacted partners have been notified, he wrote, adding that partners affected will be personally notified of any change to their job status during the first half of February 2009.

Pham also mentioned in his e-mail that store partners working in stores that are scheduled to close will be notified once a full assessment has been completed, which is expected to occur by fiscal year end.

"While this waiting period creates uncertainty for all partners, out of respect we felt it was important to be as transparent as we could with partners and announce our intentions as soon as we were able," he said.

A women who answered the phone in the local Starbucks said she has not been notified that the store will close.

Former Los Alamos Starbucks landlord Denise Lane sold the building housing the store in 2006. The current owner is Tracey Copeland of Florida.

To see the current list of Starbucks closures throughout the country, access www.starbucks.com/aboutus/USStoreClosureInfo.pdf.

Contact Carol A. Clark at lanews@lamonitor.com or 662-4185 ext. 25. Read her blog at www.newsextras.wordpress.com.

 

 

Recent rumors circulating the community that Starbucks on Central Avenue is closing its doors have been dispelled. In response to telephone calls and e-mail, Starbucks' corporate headquarters responded that the popular coffee store will remain open.

Spokesman Evan Pham, in an e-mail Friday wrote that while he can't comment on rumor and speculation, as of last July,only four store locations in New Mexico were confirmed for closure. Los Alamos is not among that group.

Stores on the July list include:

Albuquerque " 2270 Wyoming at Menaul;

Bloomfield " 500 W. Broadway;

Las Cruces " 11732 N. Main St. at Temple, and

Roswell " 4506 N. Main St.

"Starbucks recently announced that we plan to close approximately 300 additional under-performing company-operated stores: approximately 200 in the U.S. and with the remainder in international markets," Pham stated in the e-mail. "We do not at this time have specific details about numbers of partners or stores that may be impacted by these announcements in New Mexico."

A final list of closures will be available when it has been finalized, and once impacted partners have been notified, he wrote, adding that partners affected will be personally notified of any change to their job status during the first half of February 2009.

Pham also mentioned in his e-mail that store partners working in stores that are scheduled to close will be notified once a full assessment has been completed, which is expected to occur by fiscal year end.

"While this waiting period creates uncertainty for all partners, out of respect we felt it was important to be as transparent as we could with partners and announce our intentions as soon as we were able," he said.

A women who answered the phone in the local Starbucks said she has not been notified that the store will close.

Former Los Alamos Starbucks landlord Denise Lane sold the building housing the store in 2006. The current owner is Tracey Copeland of Florida.

“ ,” said Copeland during a telephone interview with Monday.

To see the current list of Starbucks closures, access www.starbucks.com/aboutus/USStoreClosureInfo.pdf