Starbucks is planning to close ~ 600 underperforming stores. The one next to the Safeway on Madison might seem a likely target: the area was long depressed by the street drug-dealings, and is now awaiting the street activity that Jim Mueller's two nearby developments will bring (along with their own coffee shops?). Those won't be open for 2 0r 3 years, and the area (and the Starbucks) never seem terribly busy. I believe it is a a Magic Johnson "Urban Coffee Opportunities" store: don't know if that makes a difference.
The Wall Street Journal article has a map of closings confirmed by store employees, as does the Seattle Times, but neither mention it. Anyone heard any rumors about our local Starbucks?