Caribou Coffee on Durand Avenue to Close April 14

Employees at the Caribou Coffee have begun telling customers about their upcoming closing. The last day is April 14.

The Caribou Coffee, 6035 Durand Ave. in Mount Pleasant, will close its doors later this month. The closure is a decision that came from the corporate level.

Employees found out about the closure on Friday, and began telling customers Saturday and Sunday. An employee at the store said they are having a sale on merchandise and the store will close its doors at noon on Sunday.

The decision relates to a corporate acquisition of Caribou by Joh. A. Benckiser Group (JAB) in December 2012. The same company also acquired another large coffee company, Peet's Coffee and Tea Inc., which happened in October 2012.

Patch received this statement from Caribou Coffee President and CEO Mike Tattersfield:

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.  With that, we will be closing 80 underperforming stores on April 14th, and an additional 88 coffeehouses across Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Illinois and Eastern Wisconsin will be converted to Peet’s Coffee & Tea locations over 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 ten international markets. 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. For any questions, please contact 888.CARIBOU.

me April 08, 2013 at 04:28 PM
$4 cups of coffee don't sell in one of the states highest unemployed counties
Ed Holladay April 08, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Also the fact that Starbucks has that location across the street does not help.
Margret Black April 08, 2013 at 08:51 PM
lho April 09, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Unemployment has nothing to do with it!!! Most of the unemployed in Wisconsin wouldnt work anyway.
Sisyphus April 09, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Iho, the unemployment rate only includes people who are actively looking for work...I know a ton of these people, and trust me: they would work. I would personally love to spend money at Caribou if I had any to spare. Ah, the good ol' days of full-time employment...
Ed Holladay April 09, 2013 at 03:51 AM
It appears there is about to be a little more unemployment from this place closing.
lho April 09, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Bottom line you can't compete with Starbucks!!!
lho April 09, 2013 at 11:35 AM
I actually really like Mc Donald ice coffee!! But Mc Donalds are gross and dirty
Mike Itzenhuiser April 09, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Who honestly cares? Make your own coffee for 20% of the cost.
Valentia's Pizzeria April 09, 2013 at 01:46 PM
They are closing 4 stores in Milwaukee and several in IL as well.
Ed Holladay April 09, 2013 at 01:46 PM
They have tough grip on this market. Especially for drive thru service.
Sisyphus April 09, 2013 at 02:25 PM
I think most people go for the environment, though the coffee is good. It has a more cheerful feel than Starbucks and doesn't smell of fast food like McDonalds.
annhope April 09, 2013 at 04:40 PM
I am sorry to hear that. Starbucks' coffee is too strong and too bitter. Why does everyone flock there?
Joe Destruction April 09, 2013 at 08:59 PM
It's actually more than that, all the Caribou's in the Chicago area are closing as well. Another victim of the crappy economy!
Joe Destruction April 09, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Yeah, I don't get it either, I don't think it's bad coffee, but for what they charge for it (way more than Caribou!) it should be a whole lot better.
Tina Nissila April 10, 2013 at 01:36 AM


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