Starbucks will close five local stores as part of a downsizing effort announced earlier this month.
Among those is a westside store owned by former professional basketball star Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
Starbucks announced July 1 that it will close about 600 stores over the next six to nine months. The locations were disclosed July 17.
The store closings will affect about 12,000 employees nationwide.
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Only 10 stores in North Carolina will close. Local stores closing by March are:
3220 Wilkinson Blvd.: Johnson owns this store, which opened in July 2006 and was part of his company's effort to bring more economic development to economically at-risk areas of big cities.
Piedmont Town Center (SouthPark).
University area: 1520 Overland Park Road. Steve Lyttle