Starbucks closing Wellington stores

Last updated 17:25 05/09/2012

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Wellington will lose two of its five Starbucks stores as the coffee chain implements a new strategy to "enhance its brand".

The rights to the brand in New Zealand is owned by Restaurant Brands, which also operates KFC and Pizza Hutt.

Spokeswoman Rewa Willis said the Johnsonville store will close on October 8 when its lease expires because of a refurbishment at the Countdown supermarket where it was located.

The Willis St store will also close when its lease expires on October 15 as the landlord had other plans for the site.

Stores on Courtenay Pl, Lambton Quay and in Lower Hutt will remain and the company was considering other locations, she said.

The company was working with staff regarding other job opportunities and it was expected most would take up positions at the remaining stores.

This was part of a wider strategy to enhance the brand that included increasing the strength of its coffee, reducing prices and adding new food items.

There are 32 Starbucks in New Zealand.

Contact Shane Cowlishaw
Employment and justice reporter
Twitter: @scowlishaw

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