A Starbucks shop in east Modesto's newest shopping center is among 300 the coffee company is shutting in coming months as part of its latest round of cost-cutting efforts.
Starbucks was one of the original tenants at Village One Plaza at the intersection of Floyd and Roselle avenues when it opened in August 2007.
It's closing as the east Modesto shopping center grows with a new Walgreens.
That store is one of three that Starbucks plans to close in the Modesto area.
Another is in Ripon on North Wilma Avenue at West Main Street.
The third is in Turlock in the 2200 block of West Main Street.
Customers at the Village One Starbucks were chagrined to hear of its impending closure.
Kicking back at a table outside were four students from nearby Enochs High School.
"I don't want it to close. It's the bomb," said 15-year-old Monica Tran, whose go-to drink is a venti double chocolate chip frappuccino with caramel.
Monica and her friends said they walk to Starbucks after school two or three times a week.
"We would die without Starbucks," said 15-year-old Asia Tran, cousin of Monica, who enjoys the vanilla bean frappuccino with whipped cream. "It gives you energy, it makes you hyper and you can have more fun with your friends."
Inside the store, John Glowczewski sat at a table reading the newspaper and sipping a mocha.
He said he was surprised that the Floyd and Roselle location was closing. The store gets a lot of foot traffic from Enochs students and is within walking distance of two apartment complexes, he said.
"Out of all the Starbucks, this one should stay open," said Glowczewski. He said he prefers the Roselle Avenue store to the location at Coffee and Floyd. He said parking at the Coffee Road store is so difficult that he refuses to visit that location.
Seattle-based Starbucks said in January that the company would close 300 stores, including 200 in the United States. This week, the Seattle-based company, which continues to struggle during tough economic times, released the list of domestic closures.
Some coffee shops will be closed by the end of April, with the remainder closing by the end of the fiscal year.