31 May '12, 1am

Have you been to one of the redesigned Starbucks stores?

Are the new Starbucks store concepts designed to chase customers away? One customer complains in Forbes about her revamped Starbucks store: "A recent renovation brought an army of teeny-weeny tables lined up in formation against the longest wall. Behind them is a lengthy bench, too high to sit comfortably and too wide to rest your back. They’ve amped up the music by adding another speaker. And the new lighting feels fluorescent and cold. The effect of the store renovation is clear: It’s not a comfortable place to sit for very long. 'Foot traffic' has clearly increased, but the regulars have scattered." I'd be curious what store she's talking about. The overhauled SBUX stores I visit seem as inviting as the old stores. YOUR THOUGHTS? * Starbucks' power over us is bigger than coffee; it's personal Posted at 06:02 PM | Permalink

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