No Tears for Starbucks

Rosenberg, the formerly sleepy little exurb way out there on 59, sees itself as a burgeoning, modern place with all the amenities.

So you'd think people there would be crushed that two out of the town's three Starbucks are closing, right?

Maybe some folks are, but not Mayor Joe Gurecky.

"I've got nothing against it, but I just don't drink four-dollar coffee," he says.

Gurecky, a farmer who owns a manufacturing company, doesn't sound like the kind of guy who'd be ordering a venti soy maccachiano hazelnut, or whatever it is people order at Starbucks.

"I'm sorry to hear that they're having to close that many places around the country, but these days people have to decide whether they want to spend four dollars on coffee or four dollars on a gallon of gas," he says. "I'm sure that's what prompted them to reduce the number of stores."

Things are not entirely bleak for caffeine lovers in Rosenberg. There is one Starbucks remaining open -- a hybrid operation in the Target store.

And, of course, one of the doomed Starbucks is right next to a Waffle House.

Be sure to ask `em for the soy.

-- Richard Connelly

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