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April 12, 2013

WB Caribou Coffee, others slated to close

By Sherri Kolade
C & G Staff Writer

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Local Caribou Coffee aficionados will need to find an alternative spot for getting their cup o’ joe. The specialty coffee and espresso retailer, 7310 Orchard Lake Road, was scheduled to close April 14, according to an email confirmation April 8 from a Caribou Coffee spokeswoman.

The West Bloomfield location is one of 80 scheduled to close, according to a statement from Mike Tattersfield, president and CEO of Caribou Coffee.

“Over the past few months, we at Caribou have revisited our business strategy, including closely evaluating our performance by market to make decisions that best position us for long-term growth,” Tattersfield said in the emailed statement.  “With that, we will be closing 80 underperforming stores on April 14.”

He also said an additional 88 coffeehouses across Ohio; Michigan; Pennsylvania; Washington, D.C.; Maryland; Virginia; Georgia; Illinois; and eastern Wisconsin will be converted into Peet’s Coffee & Tea locations in the next 12 to 18 months.

“Going forward, Caribou Coffee will be made up of 468 locations across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, western Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, North Carolina, Denver, and (10) international markets,” he said. “While the decisions we’ve made have been difficult for our team in Minneapolis, as well as our team members across the country and our guests and fans everywhere, we are working to make this transition as seamless as possible for the Caribou community. We look forward to continuing to deliver extraordinary experiences to our guests and fans, and thank everyone for their passion and commitment to Caribou.”

Management at the West Bloomfield Caribou location declined to comment on the closings.

Caribou, which has been in West Bloomfield for about eight years, has almost 500 other company-owned locations. More than 6,000 employees work for the company, and in 2009, it earned $262 million in revenue, according to its website, www.cariboucoffee.com.

According to Project-Permit Specialist Jennifer MacDonald, Gateway Center, LLC, owns the coffee shop building, and the township would not have any involvement in the next phase unless a new occupant moves in.

“Then permits (are) required,” MacDonald said in a phone interview recently. “It depends on if a new occupant is moving in and making changes to the space.”

Gateway Center, LLC, did not return calls seeking comment at press time.

For any questions call (888) 227-4268 or go to www.cariboucoffee.com.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Sherri Kolade at skolade@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1046.