As you may have heard in the news, Starbucks is closing 600 stores nationwide, including MY Starbucks, where I've been going since I moved here. I wrote large portions of Prom Dates there, and I do most of my proofreading on that couch.
I'm bummed. I'm not terribly surprised, since (a) there are 9 stores within 5 miles of my house, (which actually includes three in-store kiosks at Target and B&N plus the one in the mall), and (b) I figured the ones that would go would be the ones without drive-thrus.
It's a stupid thing to be upset about, except that I like those people, and the manager. The next nearest store is very... social. Not like quirky-cozy-social, but like yuppy-and-singles-social. Not a good place to work, not to mention, the street that it's on, it's only easy to get in and out of if you're going in one direction--the main direction of morning rush hour. All wonderful things for business, but terribly inconvenient things for ME! Do my needs count for nothing?
Yes, I know. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. But it's very grumpy-making when you're the one, and it involves the delivery of your drug of choice.
And to the anti-big-corporate-coffee-mogul people... I feel you, but I live in the chain-restaurant capital of the world. Or at least of North Texas. I would love to patronize a little corner coffee cafe if such a thing existed among all the Taco Hells and Olive Gardens around here.