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The Starbucks at Mack and Woodward in Detroit is closed for good due to employee and customer safety concerns.

» A usually busy Starbucks at Mack and Woodward in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood closed Monday, February 13, 2023.

The company says the reason is a lack of safety.

A Starbucks representative tells Daily Detroit that they had been working with leaders in the store and the city to find a solution for the safety of their employees and customers.

But to no avail.

Employees were told on Friday that it was closing and yesterday was the final day open. They were given the opportunity to transfer to another store.

The location on the ground floor of the Ellington Lofts was renovated in 2016.

Places in the 60-unit Ellington complex have sold for more than $300,000, and some near half a million dollars.

The closest (easily available to the public) Starbucks are now in either the Book Cadillac Hotel, or nearby that in the Marquette Building across from Huntington Place.

There are a number of local coffeeshops in the area to pick up the slack, including Cafe Alto to the south on Woodward, and Red Hook going into the former Great Lakes Coffee spot a couple of blocks north on Woodward later this year.

There are plans for a large apartment development including a smaller footprint Target just across the street from this now-shuttered Starbucks.

If this were a run-of-the-mill closing, it might not warrant as much attention. But closing citing employee and customer safety? That’s notable in an area that is getting so much investment attention.

I’ve been going to this location for years, and since the pandemic there has been a marked uptick in incidents when I’ve been present — whether it’s being rude to the staff or demanding free product. In recent weeks, I saw that they had removed a number of the chairs and tables and wondered if something was going to happen.

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📰 What to know

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» Ascension Providence Hospital in Southfield will end midwifery services on March 1. [WXYZ]

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» Arkay Inc. is struggling to serve clients with developmental disabilities after multiple thefts. The non-profit organization in Southfield has had multiple vehicles and catalytic converters stolen, which makes it difficult to transport clients to and from the facility and to activities. [WXYZ]

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