Salem Starbucks' Survive Shutdowns

As we all know, Starbucks Coffee is contracting it's massive operation across the US by 600 stores. Fortunately, none of the store closures will be in Salem, Oregon. Click on the above graphic for a list of Oregon closures. With the price of gas at an all time high, it makes sense that people are less willing to pay $3 for a cup of coffee. I always encourage people on this blog to dine at small mom and pop coffee stands, but I have to give credit where credit is due. Starbucks raised the bar on coffee all over the country. I didn't really know what a latte was until I drank one at Starbucks years ago when the town I lived in had only one store. Having this massive chain is strong competition in town for the local baristas which is why we have seen such creative coffee marketing in Salem. For a list of all 600 closures, click here.

3 comments:

filbert said...

I wouldn't mind losing a few Starbucks and seeing more people using The Beanery, The Governor's Cup, the Coffeehouse Cafe, Blue Pepper, etc. There's plenty of good coffee in Salem without going corporate. I will grant you that Starbucks has introduced a lot of people to good espresso, well-prepared, but it's not as if it wasn't available before they appeared on the scene. So, try local; buy local (even if the beans come from across the globe, support roasters and brewers here close to at home).

mama2dylan said...

At Queen of Tarts Cafe we used to brew local micro-roasters Portland Roasting coffee, now we brew Cape Foulweather out of Lincoln City. It's hand crafted coffee. They strive to be the best, not the biggest.

Salem Man said...

If you look at all the cups of coffee being sold in Salem, Starbucks must be thinking that they can increase their share here. They don't need to attract new coffee drinkers, just slowly peel away customers from the local shops. In a tough economy, the local guys can use all the help they can get.