Starbucks announces closing date for downtown Charlottetown location

Dave Stewart dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on January 29, 2016

This Starbucks location, at the corner of Kent and Great George streets in downtown Charlottetown, is closing its doors for good today.

©Heather Taweel/The Guardian

The specialty coffee will continue to flow at the Starbucks location on the corner of Kent and Great George streets in Charlottetown for another week.

Madeleine Lowenborg-Frick, who handles public affairs for Starbucks, tells The Guardian that Friday, Feb. 5 will be the last day they will be operating at that particularly downtown Charlottetown location.

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Earlier this week, employees at the Kent/George George streets location believed Feb. 1 was the date it was closing.

Starbucks also operates a store on Queen Street.

Lowenborg-Frick says Starbucks will open its new location on University Avenue, in the Staples parking lot, on Thursday, Feb. 4.

“I can reassure you that the relocation of this store has been a thoughtful process,’’ Lowenborg-Frick says in an email. “All our partners (employees) have been offered positions at the new location that is opening just a short drive from the existing location.’’

The University Avenue store will feature a drive-thru café concept.

The University Avenue location is likely a move to try and capitalize on the university student market.

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Lowenborg-Frick says the new Starbucks café on University Avenue is about enhancing the customer and partner experience through relevant and industry-leading innovation.

“We are striving to create new experiences that are reflective of customers moving throughout their day, and one that suits their individual needs.

“We remain committed to being a good community member in Charlottetown and look forward to serving our existing and new customers in the new location.’’

The corner of Kent and Great George streets was home for half a century to Tweel’s Gift Shop before owner Norm Tweel moved it out to Capital Drive in 2003.

Starbucks moved in and opened in September 2009, leasing about 1,700 square feel of space in a newly renovated Tweel Building.

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