Starbucks closing 3 Gwinnett locations

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County will soon have three fewer Starbucks coffee houses serving up skinny lattes, soy-whipped, mocha-infused frappuccinos and red-eyed shots-in-the-dark after an announcement made Thursday. This comes on the heels of the coffee giant's announcement July 1 concerning the closing of 600 stores nationwide.

While the three county locations were spared closing at the end of the month, the timeframe for stores from the July 1 announcement to close, the latest announcement said they will close sometime between August and the first half of the 2009 fiscal year.

The locations closing are the store inside the Gwinnett Place Mall, a Duluth location at 1630 Pleasant Hill Road and the second-level location inside the Mall of Georgia. Thirteen stores total will close in Georgia as part of Thursday's announcement.

Store managers at the closing locations declined comment Friday, referring inquiries to the corporate office, which directed media to its Web site. A statement said that all stores that will be closing had been notified and that once a specific closing date is determined for each location it will

be announced on Starbucks.com.