Warning: Excessive Starbucks Closings May Cause Caffeine Withdrawal

August 11, 2008 Updated: August 12, 2008

Starbucks has announced that it is closing over 600 stores by mid-2009, 11 of which will be in New York City. Is Starbucks in trouble? We asked locals if they think Starbucks is on its way out of New York, and how they would feel walking the streets of a Starbucks-less Manhattan. 

Kevin Glynn, 46, systems administrator: `Don't think it's on its way out; I think it's just restructuring. Starbucks is overexposed, and having one on every corner is just ridiculous.` (Katy Matyk/The Epoch Times)
Kevin Glynn, 46, systems administrator: `Don't think it's on its way out; I think it's just restructuring. Starbucks is overexposed, and having one on every corner is just ridiculous.` (Katy Matyk/The Epoch Times)

 

Jason Jarushewsky, 44, attorney, `Don't think Starbucks is on their way out. I gave up caffeine three years ago.  I like that they post all of the calories next to their treats now, but I don't think it'll really affect me. It's Newark!` (Katy Mantyk The Epoch Times)
Jason Jarushewsky, 44, attorney, `Don't think Starbucks is on their way out. I gave up caffeine three years ago. I like that they post all of the calories next to their treats now, but I don't think it'll really affect me. It's Newark!` (Katy Mantyk The Epoch Times)

 

Sandy Athens, over 30, teacher, `Don't think there's a comparable company that makes as good a coffee as they do. I think that they grew too quickly, and in the long run, they will certainly survive.` (Katy Mantyk The Epoch Times)
Sandy Athens, over 30, teacher, `Don't think there's a comparable company that makes as good a coffee as they do. I think that they grew too quickly, and in the long run, they will certainly survive.` (Katy Mantyk The Epoch Times)

 

Kathleen Lilly, 31, architect, `Doubt Starbucks is on its way out because there are about a billion of them, so that's not really going to make a difference. And there are plenty of other places to get coffee.` (Katy Mantyk The Epoch Times)
Kathleen Lilly, 31, architect, `Doubt Starbucks is on its way out because there are about a billion of them, so that's not really going to make a difference. And there are plenty of other places to get coffee.` (Katy Mantyk The Epoch Times)

 

Mandy Hallman, 38, accountant, `Don't think it would hurt anybody's feelings if it left.` (Katy Mantyk The Epoch Times)
Mandy Hallman, 38, accountant, `Don't think it would hurt anybody's feelings if it left.` (Katy Mantyk The Epoch Times)