Shauna Steigerwald reports:
Bad news for fans of Northern Lite lattes and other specialty drinks at Caribou Coffee: The Minneapolis-based company’s five Greater Cincinnati stores are closing this Sunday.
In addition, 88 coffeehouses in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Illinois and Eastern Wisconsin will be converted to Peet’s Coffee & Tea locations during the next 12 to 18 months.
Calls to each of the five local stores — Beechmont, Blue Ash, Cox Road, Tylersville Road and Eastgate (Jungle Jim’s) — confirmed that all of those stores will close as of noon on Sunday. The Cox Road (off Tylersville by Mason border) and Tylersville Road (off 747) locations are in West Chester.
“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’s statement reads in part.
“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.”
A total of 468 Caribou Coffee locations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Western Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, North Carolina, Denver and ten international markets will remain open.
The statement directs questions to 888-CARIBOU.