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Caribou Coffee Closing, Some Reopening as Peet's Coffee & Tea

All Ohio stores will close; some will reopen as Peet's Coffee & Tea

Rumors running rampant on the Internet are partially true: Caribou Coffee locations in Ohio will close.  Some locations, however, will reopen as Peet's Coffee & Tea locations, marking the company's entrance into the Ohio market.

An employee at the Avon Caribou Coffee location said management learned on April 5 via a conference call that all Ohio locations will close down, although some will re-open as a Peet’s Coffee & Tea locations.

A manager at the Westlake location said that the Detroit Road location will close on April 14 at noon. She would not give any additional information, including whether or not the store would be reopening.

The Avon employee said the Westlake location would be closed permanently.   

According to the Avon employee, the Avon location in the Commons will remain open until the summer before closing down for three weeks and re-opening as a Peet’s coffeehouse.  A source at the Lakewood location said the Lakewood store will close and re-open as a Peet's.

There are also locations in Tower City, Beachwood, Solon and Rocky River.

Employees in Illinois have taken to Facebook to say several of that state's locations would also close and reopen as Peet's.

In December of 2012, German conglomerate Joh. A. Benckiser Group said it would be buying the publicly traded Minneapolis-based Caribou Coffee Co. for $340 million. Earlier in the year it bought Peet’s Coffee & Tea for $1 billion.

Peet’s Coffee was founded in Berkeley, CA, and is now headquartered in Emeryville, CA. The bulk of its stores are located in California. The company also maintains stores in Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington state.

According to Caribou Coffee’s website, there are 32 locations in Ohio.

Matt Barile April 07, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Any news about the north olmsted one?
Lori E. Switaj April 07, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Matt, I believe the North Olmsted store is going to re-open but have not confirmed. I'm hoping to speak to their corporate headquarters tomorrow (it's closed now).
Alan April 07, 2013 at 11:05 PM
So the Westlake store is definitely not going to re-open as a Peet's? It is a shame since Peet's would do very well at Crocker Park.
Lori E. Switaj April 08, 2013 at 01:14 AM
The current location, near KMart and McDonald's, is closing. It's on the north side of Detroit. There's been no word if one will open at Crocker Park. That would be a new location, but you're right, I would think it would do well there.
ian king April 09, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Peet's is in another league compared to Caribou. Especially the one in Lakewood on Detroit which is usually dirty and very outdated looking with its mooshead lodge decor. Peet's is hip, up to date decor, clean facilities, great coffee, and usually support local charities. Lets hope they open in Lakewood - it would be a good match for them and the community!
Lori E. Switaj April 09, 2013 at 05:59 PM
The Lakewood Caribou is scheduled to close and re-open as Peet's. The Westlake and Rocky River are scheduled, as of now, to permanently close.

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