Starbucks Corp. said Tuesday that it had drastically increased the number of stores it plans to close, citing in part continued weakness in the U.S. economy.
The company said it now plans to close 600 company-operated stores in the United States, up from its previous plans to close 100 stores. The company also said it now plans to open fewer than 200 stores in its coming fiscal year.
The Seattle-based gourmet coffee retailer said the company used several criteria in deciding which stores to close, including whether they were profitable or expected to become profitable in the near future. In a statement, it added that “consideration was given to the impact of current and anticipated economic trends.”