400 Starbucks Could Close In U.S., Including In Dublin

Courtney Teague

DUBLIN, CA — Starbucks will consider closing up to 400 locations over the next 18 months as it looks to focus on quick pickup options such as drive-thrus, and curbside and mobile-only pickup stores, as USA Today reported.

There are Starbucks stores in Dublin at 7197 Village Parkway, 7904 Dublin Blvd., 5900 Owens Dr., 4555 Hopyard Road, 4930 Dublin Blvd., 4283 Rosewood Dr. and 2710 Dublin Blvd. There are also locations inside Safeway (7499 Dublin Blvd.) and both Targets (7200 Amador Plaza Road and 2800 Dublin Blvd.)

Starbucks plans to open 300 quick pickup locations during its fiscal year, half of the 600 locations it previously planned to open, USA Today reported.

Some 80 percent of Starbucks transactions were on-the-go prior to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Starbucks said in a statement. Opening more pickup stores will make it easier to maintain social distancing.

“As we navigate through the COVID-19 crisis, we are accelerating our store transformation plans to address the realities of the current situation, while still providing a safe, familiar and convenient experience for our customers," Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in the statement.

Customers can expect to see pickup-only stores in dense, urban areas, Starbucks said. Starbucks opened its first such location in New York City's Penn Plaza last fall and will soon open another near Grand Central Terminal.

Starbucks has long had drive-thru locations, but stores in less densely populated areas may see double-lane drive-thrus and curbside pickup options in the future.

Read more at USA Today.

This article originally appeared on the Dublin Patch