Stabucks to close 61 Australian outlets

From the Starbucks website:

Starbucks Coffee International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Starbucks Coffee Company today announced plans to restructure its business in Australia through a geographical refocus on three core cities and surrounding areas: Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. This decision will result in the closure of 61 locations throughout the country by August 3, 2008.

This announcement comes as no great surprise, given that the company has already announced plans to close 600 US stores, and given that Starbucks never really took off here (Australian coffee drinkers know what real coffee tastes like, and they know the stuff you get for $5 a cup in Starbucks doesn’t count).

The announcement comes eight years after I posted this rant complaining about the opening of the US coffee chain’s first Australian store.

Good riddance to Starbucks. I hope their Australian staff find new, better, jobs.