Here’s a story you don’t see every day. A Starbucks coffee shop closing instead of new one opening. The Starbucks in the Ashburn Farm Market Center plaza has shut its doors for good.
A large sign posted on the door bids a fond farewell to longtime customers of one of the areas older Starbucks locations.
“We would like to thank you for being part of our store community; you are the heart of who we are at Starbucks,” the message read in part. “We are very thankful to have played a role in your daily routine and that you have shared these moments of your life with us.”
Someone — presumably a regular customer — had tied balloons to the door that read “Thank you” and “You will be missed.”
No word on what led to the closure but, as residents in the area know, many Starbucks locations have moved from what are called “in line” positions — tucked in between other businesses — to free-standing buildings in order to add drive-thru lanes.
Adding drive-thru lanes has been a major push for Starbucks across the nation as it usually increases store revenue and, during the pandemic and social distancing, proved to be even more critical.
A year or two ago, The Burn learned that the Ashburn Farm Market Center Starbucks — located at the corner of Claiborne Parkway and Ashburn Farm Parkway — was considering relocating in order to add a drive-thru, but that never came to fruition.
We’ve reached out to the property’s landlord to see if there are any future plans to add a free-standing Starbucks or to bring in another coffee brand to the shopping center. Stay tuned.