7/6/08

Starbucks recedes; local shops rejoice

Here is an interesting story. It seems that in a slowing economy where gas costs more than $4 a gallon, luxuriously over-priced cups of non-essential stimulants are one of the first cuts we make in our family budgets. I find it interesting that we were willing to pay so much more for coffee than for gas, considering we could make our own coffee (even buy our own paper-cups) for far less.

For many, Starbucks is a symbol of contemporary pop-culture (at least the culture of white professionals) and a place of comfort in the midst of a fast-paced world. For others it is the evil empire that has, in only a few years, driven vast numbers of quirky and beloved independent coffee shops to their graves. So the annoucement that Starbucks is closing hundreds of stores will no doubt recieve mixed reactions. Perhaps they had more than really made sense in someplaces any ways.

So what do you think? Is Starbucks' decline a personal and national tragedy, or a great moment of hope for the coffee-shop world? Or neither?

I can tell you that when I took the above picture in Oxford (UK), I thought "It's the end of Western Civilization!" But as I reflected later...I suppose it's possible that the space would have otherwise been vacant (though I don't remember seeing a single vacant storefront while there, so I doubt it).

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4 Comments:

Blogger John T. Meche III said...

Out with the Starbucks...in with the CC's. Wooohoo!

7:14 AM, July 07, 2008  
Blogger Nance said...

It's not just the slowing economy, but also the pace that Starbucks has been moving at. When you open so many stores so quickly, it'll catch up with you eventually. They're still opening something like 1200 new locations next year, if I'm not mistaken.

11:24 AM, July 07, 2008  
Blogger John T. Meche III said...

Oh, by the way, thanks for all the comments and the compliment on my site design. It's sort of a subtle jab at http://www.purposedrivenlife.com ;)

1:35 PM, July 07, 2008  
Blogger Daniel McLain Hixon said...

I'm with you John - I love CC's. All the convienience of a big chain, but still the charm of a relatively local (Baton Rouge!) company. They had one in Dallas next to the seminary (according to the online yellow-pages), but when I went to find it, I found an empty store front. Right down the road...a Starbucks. Grrrr....

2:19 PM, July 07, 2008  

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