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Greenport Starbucks to Close in October

Corporate coffee chain confirms the fall closure of the Front Street location.

Fans of Starbucks coffee will have to head to to get their fix after Oct. 3 — the date that the of the corporate chain will close.

Starbucks Coffee Company released this statement to North Fork Patch early Tuesday afternoon:

"As part of Starbucks standard course of business, we continually evaluate our business to ensure a healthy store portfolio. After careful consideration, we’ve determined that it is best to close this store at this time. As difficult as this is, we must make the right business decisions for the sake of Starbucks long-term growth and economic prosperity. We hope to have the opportunity to serve the North Fork community, at the store in nearby Mattituck."

Store employees declined to comment on the closure as of Tuesday morning, when the spacious store, which opened on Front Street in 2007, was fairly empty.

Greenport Mayor David Nyce said that this was the first he'd heard about the move.

“It’s a drag to see such a nice space be vacated,” said Greenport Mayor David Nyce. “But hopefully we’ll see someone else in there soon.”

Claudia Karabaic Sargent September 13, 2011 at 06:44 PM
Aldo's across the street is a local business with a superior product. It's not good for the community to lose a business, but how much business did this Starbucks location do? They are a corporate store, and their main responsibility is to themselves, not to the community.
Kat Meehan September 13, 2011 at 11:10 PM
Starbucks Greenport was actually very involved in the community, they donated to CAST, donated time and product to Relay For Life, supported the local fire departments for numerous events each year, donated to the Wounded Warriors for the past 2 years, and provided job opportunities and benefits for members of the community.
Gary M Charters September 14, 2011 at 04:36 AM
I'm very much in favor of local business but I wonder what the benefit packages are at the "local business"? Starbucks employees are treated very well and offer great benefits for part time work.
pir2 September 14, 2011 at 11:34 AM
Benefit packages are like entitlements someone has to pay for them. Demographics hardly ever lie and it leads me to wonder who thought Greenport could sustain a Starbucks on a 12 month basis. Greenport and the surrounding areas are seasonal in nature and have to do the majority of their business in five months. Local business adapts to the seasonal mode but many find it difficult and they learn to cope or they close for the winter. The Starbucks chain carried Greenport for the entire time until someone in management pulled the plug. The one major factor in Greenport that many are not aware of is the very high rents that are charged throughout the year. These unrealistic rents are the death of small business and are contributing to the empty store front look.
John September 14, 2011 at 11:37 AM
“It’s a drag to see such a nice space be vacated,” said Greenport Mayor David Nyce. “But hopefully we’ll see someone else in there soon.” As he said while sipping coffee at Aldo's. Perhaps if when they came the village government made them feel a little more welcome, more local people would have gotten the sense they were a part of the community, and not intruders. So now we'll have ten more people unemployed, no BID tax and two more vacant stores on Front St. for local people to look at (while they have coffee at Aldo's).
barbara radich September 14, 2011 at 11:39 AM
Benefits are a thing of the past ! Most of the local business keep the worker's to part time so they can't have Benefit's . I.G.A. .Prestons , and God only know' s what Mill's offer. Local Company are a bunch of " HOGWASH'. Yes there are a few but very few .But we are grateful to be working ! Right ?!!?iru89r43ufhvnr25? Amen
William Swiskey sr September 14, 2011 at 12:03 PM
One thing about Starbucks, they won't go away owing anyone money.
JET September 15, 2011 at 05:17 PM
There seems to be a lot of mixed feelings re: Starbucks closing. If the rate of rent contributed to the decision to close the store that is a shame. Greedy landlord. No doubt it comes down to numbers ($) and as we all know the volume of business in July and August is far from what it is Jan, Feb, March, April, even May. When Starbucks did their scouting what months did they visit? If they had taken only a single store would that have made a difference? Too bad. I feel the town could use both Starbuck's and Aldo's. Less of a line at Aldo's with Starbucks there. Now LONGER line at Aldo's.

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