Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Starbucks in Trouble
I just read that Starbucks plans to close almost 10% of their stores due to the economy.
I spent years satirizing Starbucks back before I could make any sense of Flash. (1998-2000) When I think back on it, the Starbucks I was making fun of were so different from what they're like now.
The secret menus used to drive me nuts, and the arrogant stylin barristas... Don't know if you've been in a Starbucks lately, but my last trip or two to Starbucks I saw the same stylin employees you'd see at Burger King. I was saying to Jon, "Next thing you know even flight attendants will be temp workers." Remember when they used to go to special schools in Texas to learn flight attendant grooming?
In Ridgway, a nearby town, there are only two businesses where you see people spending money: the True Grit Cafe and Second Chance, the thrift store on Main Street that benefits a no-kill animal shelter. The parking lot in front of Second Chance is almost always full. True Grit has been around a long time, with pictures of John Wayne and Dennis Weaver covering the walls, and they have a liquor license.