Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Starbucks Dead Pool

As mentioned before, Starbucks will be closing 600 of their underperforming stores in the near future. There's no way all of Silver Spring's Starbucks survive the purge. So, which locations in Silver Spring do you think will get the axe?



My top three are the following:

#1 Burnt Mills ("E" on the map): This one is wedged closely between the ones in Woodmoor and White Oak and is almost a lock. I think the Woodmoor one is reasonably safe, but as that's one I actually use on occasion, its departure would be annoying.

#2: Hillandale ("G"): Near the beltway entrance, which might be a positive, but between the Langley Park and White Oak locations. Not much foot traffic, I bet.

#3 White Oak ("D"): If Burt Mills or Hillandale doesn't buy the farm, this one may.
I'll also be amazed if the Langley Park Starbucks survives. I was always surprised there was a Starbucks there in the first place and wondered if it was one of the "Magic Johnson" Starbucks. I don't think it is.

I realize there is a contingent of people out there who would gladly be rid of them all, but the truth is that the existence of Starbucks, while grotesque to you, actually helps the independent coffee houses people worry about so much.

Starbucks mapping concept blatantly stolen from Thayeravenue.com.

UPDATE: Here's an unofficial map of the Starbucks locations that will be closing.  Of course, the information used to compile this is based on hearsay, since Starbucks refuses to release an official list.  It's still pretty limited at the moment, so keep checking it for updates.




16 comments:

dan reed said...

I was thinking about this last night. Burnt Mills made the least sense of all of them, but I guess Starbucks figured they'd get a lot of spillover from Trader Joe's next door.

The one in "Langley Park" you're talking about is actually in the City of Takoma Park. "G" is the Starbucks in Hillandale, which I figure might be doomed as well.

Sligo said...

Dan you're right about the "G" one... I got mixed up. Either way, the Langley Park one is probably doomed.

Easley_Does_It said...

Wonder if they're still planning on putting a Starbucks in the Blair Giant, considering it's just a few hundred yards from the Starbucks next to Metro.

Sligo said...

That's a franchised Starbucks, so don't know if that's directly under control of Starbucks Corporate, but they might still prevent it.

Ed said...

The SB on the corner of EW Hgwy and Colesville is where I spotted our money flinger plotting his moves against Discovery. That store rolls.

I could see the one by Trader Joe's going, though that's the one I take my daughters to on Fridays after school in the fall/winter for hot chocolate.

The funniest line about SB came from The Onion, it said something to the effect of: "Starbucks announce the opening of its X number store. It's location is inside the bathroom of Starbucks store number Y.

I put a little rant about the crazy ass orders SB lovers come up with on my site.

ST said...

Why do you think the Langely park branch is doomed? Every time I am in there it is busy.

Sligo said...

Just a hunch, but if that's true I guess Starbucks knew what they were doing when they put one in there.

Anonymous said...

Definitely not A and B.

-IHateYuppies-

Anonymous said...

Saw you quoted in Express this morning, very exciting.

Debbie Cook said...

I've been in the Hillandale Starbucks twice - once around their grand opening time and once later on - both times the place was virtually EMPTY and it was still hard to get a cup of coffee from anyone working there

Anonymous said...

The Hillandale one usually has customers when I am there but the Langley Park one(in the shopping center with the Safeway and fake H&M) is usually empty so I bet that one goes. The one near Trader Joe's is also busy a lot as is the Four Corner's one. The question is- are the people I'm seeing buying a drink and then sitting there for hours- just giving the appearance of lots of customers? I guess only Starbucks knows for sure.

Andrea - in woodside

Jenny said...

I'd hope that Burnt Mills stays and White Oak goes. I've never had a good experience in White Oak (hence my two visits since it opened), but Burnt Mills is my daily store and they're always at least considerate, if not downright nice. There's usually a good amount of traffic as well. I'd imagine their proximity to Choice, etc and the building that houses the Curves and martial arts place can't hurt.

Takoma Parker said...

I have always wondered how the Burnt Mills Starbucks makes any money when Trader Joe's gives away GOOD COFFEE FOR FREE!!!

Woodsider said...

My son worked at Burnt Mills a year or so ago and got a transfer to the one at Wildwood because they had more hours and better tips.

So I vote for Burnt Mills to close. It's on the wrong side of the street for am commuters.

One thing to consider is that retail leases often run 3-5 years. You have to pay even if you close the store. So they may close stores they can get out of the lease most easily in.

Anonymous said...

The Langley Park (Takoma Park) is a Majic Johnson store so it should be safe as it is not a run by Starbucks. Also, it is usually very busy and is a smaller store with less overhead

Sligo said...

Wow, it really is a Magic Johnson Starbucks?