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Starbucks in Wildwood announces closure due to unknown reasons

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The final moments of Starbucks at Wildwood following their announcement of closing down. The news brings despair and disappointment amongst the WJ community. (Courtesy G. Edward Johnson via Wikimedia Commons)

Monday, April 1, 2024, marks the day of distress and disappointment across hundreds of students at WJ. The cause? Starbucks at Wildwood announced they’re closing down their doors due to unknown reasons.

The sudden news comes as a shock to many students as a huge percentage of the student body relies on going across the street to Starbucks during lunch as a way to recharge with drinks and pastries, and the sudden announcement brings tons of annoyance and disappointment. Not being able to get pink drinks everyday or delicious lattes for lunch brings such heartbreak, and also questions as to why the closure happened.

“Hearing this news is making me so disappointed. Literally what would I do without my pink drink and brownie everyday… I wonder why they’re even closing.” sophomore Stephanie Raimerez stated.

Others, though, view the announcement as a good thing because of various reasons such as being able to cut back on their caffeine addictions and being able to save money and not have the temptation of spending their money at the coffee-retailer everyday.

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“This news actually makes me somewhat happy because now I can stop having such a huge caffeine addiction.” sophomore Sasha Rotton shared.

Many rumors have been circulating campus on why the coffee-chain retailer has announced their closure, ranging from the location being understaffed, to poor management reports from customers, students are speculating that this might be the reason for the announcement. Being understaffed is an issue that many locations have faced, but when it’s one of the busiest Starbucks in the Bethesda area due to the amount of students coming in and out of the location, this causes massive losses both for students and the company itself.

Although there are mixed opinions on the closure and announcement, the disappointment outweighs the somewhat positive emotions, and it’s safe to say that the community of WJ won’t be the same after the closure.

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