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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Seeing single

I just noticed that the Starbucks booth inside the Hollywood West Fred Meyer store is gone. That one always amused me, in that there is another, stand-alone Starbucks store less than 100 yards away, under the same roof. (The latter installation is still there.)

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On my MAX trip home from the Polish Festival, I overheard a couple saying how they wanted to go to Starbucks for coffee... the husband said his friend calls it Fourbucks...

They recently remodeled the Beaverton Fred Meyer, and now there is a Peet's Coffee inside, with a Starbucks outside, but part of the same building.

Starbucks number 2 pushed out of Fred Meyer by who?

"We have met the enemy, and he is us."

Living proof that the recession has hit home. When you can't support two Starbucks within 100 yards of each other ... what's the world coming to???

The Onion commented years ago:
"New Starbucks Opens in Rest Room of Existing Starbucks"



They closed that one down a couple of years ago.

Fred Meyer for the past several years has been moving away from putting Starbucks inside its stores. They tried Tullys in a few stores and now are working with Peets. Part of the problem Freddy's is having with a Starbucks inside each store is that Starbucks is inside just about every Safeway, Albertsons, Target and other chains. FM wants an attraction inside their stores that others don't have.

They've got a big "sushi" sign up pretty close to where the Starbucks was.

They seem to be working to make themselves more competitive with Whole Foods (to an extent). The newly-remodeled Hawthorne store has a Peets, a large prepared foods section, and a sushi conveyor (which was not all that bad).

As a Peet's fan, I'm sorry to see them dilute their brand with entry into large chain grocery stores. Bigger is not always better, especially when we're talking high-priced coffee.

Hilarious Little Britain USA bit:


About sums up your post, Jack.

That's been going on all over the country. The Safeway chain bought into the Starbucks-inside-the-store motif throughout the Southwest about six years ago, and my local Tom Thumb store had one inside while facing another right across the street. No more, of course: after a tremendous renovation of most of the local grocery stores in my area, the first casualty was the in-store coffee house.

The "Starbucks" inside most stores like Target, Safeway, etc. aren't corporate franchises. They are usually store employees who serve Starbucks Coffee. Try using a gift card at one. Same goes for the Starbucks inside hotels.

Yeah they did away with the in-store Starbucks at Tualatin Fred Meyer also. The sign says another coffee vendor will be arriving shortly. Fine, cuz there's a drive-thru Starbucks accross the street and another on Nyberg.
King City Albertsons has an in-store Starbucks as well as a Starbucks store immediately next door in the same mini mall. They waaaay overbuilt the brand and need to thin out redundant locations. Give the consumer some variety!

There are still two Starbucks in Pioneer Place, both in the old building, one on the first floor and the other on the third. They've been there since the mall opened and both seem to be doing well.

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