Governing.com's Josh Goodman looks at the geographical distribution of doomed Starbucks stores. Turns out the Nevada, North Dakota, and Minnesota will suffer the greatest, proportionally, from the impending 600-store shutdown.
Surprisingly, Massachusetts will lose only six outlets (so far), and none are in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, or Somerville, even though there are 19 of them within walking distance of my office near Government Center. (See store locator.) The Bay State closings are in Burlington, Dartmouth, North Attleborough, Sharon, Stoughton, and Worcester.
Most other larger cities, including Manhattan, Chicago, Washington, and San Francisco are losing at least one of the cafes. Are we standing grande in Starbucks' eyes because Boston's economy is relatively strong, or because we're especially caffeine-addicted? Or is the Seattle-based company simply determined not to give Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin' Donuts the satisfaction of closing stores in New England?