From Laetitia Brock. Email her at laetitia[AT]borderstan.com. You can follow her at @FrenchTwistDC and on her own blog, French Twist DC.
The Minneapolis-based Caribou Coffee announced its plan to close 80 locations next week and to convert 88 others into Peet’s Coffee and Tea shops.
Luckily for Borderstan coffee drinkers, two of our Caribou locations, at 1800 M Street NW and 1101 17th Street are not closing, but they will be rebranded as Peet’s Coffee and Tea shops in the next 12 to 18 months, with employees at both stores having the opportunity to reapply for their jobs.
Plans for the Caribou Coffee Shop at 14th and Rhode Island NW have not been announced by the company. The building is being redeveloped by Abdo.
The move comes just four months after Caribou was acquired by German firm Joh. A. Benckiser, which had also acquired Peet’s Coffee back in 2010. It will be interesting to see the transition, as Peet’s stores have a more upscale ambiance (and slightly higher prices) than Caribou with its laid-back, lodge setting.
I personally will miss the daily trivia questions, not that I ever got many of them right.