7.27.2008

fewer starbucks in the world is not a bad thing

Further to our recent discussion of the pleasures and pitfalls of iced coffee, I note that Starbucks is closing 600 US outlets. That represents about 6% of the company's 7,200 US stores.

This is very bad news for 12,000 people who will find themselves unemployed. So I say this with great sympathy for those workers: I told you so! And so did everyone else.

There are 235 Starbucks in New York City alone. There aren't enough people to drink all that coffee, or to spend their hard-earned dollars on over-priced non-essentials in such difficult economic times. We all wondered why they wanted to open an identical store on every block. We wondered how long it would last. Apparently, this long.

It won't be easy for those 12,000 newly unemployed people, and I shouldn't be jubilant about anyone losing work, especially a decent-paying, union job. So the labour activist in me is poking the New Yorker in me with a sharp stick.

But as someone who loves New York City, I can only hope that at least half of those 235 stores are destined to get the ax. Hooray and hurrah. Shutter those babies and grow weeds in their place if you have to.



The Starbucks closing story is actually about three weeks old - two weeks older than the last iced coffee post!

7 comments:

Sarah O. said...

Have you seen the list yet? It's here. I'm afraid that New York has, for the most part, been given a reprieve from closures.

As someone who has worked in retail and the tourist industry, I'm kind of divided. I mean, the closures mean people like me will be losing jobs, which will definitely cause an income squeeze. But those jobs are, for the most part, crap. Even if you work with people you would call friends, you still have to deal with customers.

I haven't really had the opportunity to detest Starbucks as much as people everywhere else. Nova Scotia has 4 locations, I believe, two of those at book stores and one way out in yuppy condoville.

L-girl said...

I'm afraid that New York has, for the most part, been given a reprieve from closures.

Damn!! I hadn't seen the list - had barely seen the story.

As someone who has worked in retail and the tourist industry, I'm kind of divided. I mean, the closures mean people like me will be losing jobs, which will definitely cause an income squeeze. But those jobs are, for the most part, crap.

But they're jobs. And in the US, they're actually decent jobs, compared to Wal-Mart and McDonalds.

Like I said, I'm torn, too. Not that it matters how I feel about this!

impudent strumpet said...

grow weeds in their place if you have to.

My inner child wanders in, crosses out the S, and wanders back out, cursing blogger comments for not allowing the strikethrough tags.

L-girl said...

Your inner child is a cool kid.

Strikethrough works in posts, but I guess not in comments.

impudent strumpet said...

Yeah, I can't figure out why they don't allow it in comments. That < s >is completely fucked< /s > hinders nuanced communication in this text-only medium.

Kim_in_TO said...

"fewer starbucks in the world is not a bad thing"

Yay! "Fewer" Starbucks! Not "less"!

Sorry. I just finished reading through all the cliches (and grammar) threads and links.

L-girl said...

I enjoy grammar.

And for the cliches-that-need-to-be-retired thread: I loves me some grammar.