As San Francisco continues to struggle with crime, drugs, and homelessness, Starbucks is shutting down seven stores in the city’s downtown area. The company said Tuesday that the stores will close on October 22. It’s part of a yearly review of their store portfolio to make sure they’re meeting the needs of their customers and community.
The official said they are committed to San Francisco as a whole and added that they have opened three other stores in the area in the last six months.
Despite the apparent denial that the closures are connected to the city’s persistent issues, it’s just the latest in a string of recent major store shut downs in the Bay Area.