Starbucks plans to close all 23 La Boulange stores as well as two manufacturing facilities just three years after buying the bakery chain, the company announced Tuesday.
“Based on our ongoing evaluations, Starbucks has determined La Boulange stores are not sustainable for the company’s long-term growth,” the company said in a press release.
The coffee retailer said that food sales will remain a key element of the company’s offerings, and Starbucks stores will continue to sell food products marketed with La Boulange branding.
Starbucks plans to close the stores by September. Employees will be treated with the “utmost care,” with some receiving offers to move to other Starbucks locations, the press release said.