Starbucks Is Shuttering 7 Stores This Month

By the end of the month, San Francisco Starbucks fans will have fewer options.

The San Francisco Business Times reported this week that the brand will close seven outlets in the city on Oct. 22. It wasn't apparent why the firm closed the locations.

A Starbucks spokeswoman told Eat This, Not That! that the firm reviews its location portfolio annually and makes modifications 

to best serve customers. A spokesman did not explain why all seven San Francisco locations will stop serving visitors.

"Each year as a standard course of business, we evaluate the store portfolio to determine where we can best meet our community and

customers' needs," said the release. "This includes opening new locations, identifying stores in need of investment or renovation,

exploring locations where an alternative format is needed and, in some instances, re-evaluating our footprint."

Earlier this month, Starbucks Northern California regional vice president Jessica Borton informed district managers of the closures by letter.

Borton wrote in that letter that closing those locations was a "very difficult decision" but didn't explain why.

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