I was sorry to learn today that the Caribou Coffee shop at Worthington Square Mall closed yesterday. They’d been there twelve years.
They’re not the only store that’s closed up shop there recently and I’m sure won’t be the last. So many malls are struggling to get and keep good tenants and to bring in customers. The tastes of shoppers has changed. With the exception of the beautiful Easton Town Center, we avoid malls. Easton is an upscale, outdoor town square sort of layout with restaurants and stores. It feels more like you’re walking around a neat little town full of interesting shops. There is an enclosed mall with a movie theater, but we tend to focus on the storefronts along its streets. I wonder if the inside shops there fare as well as the ones at street-side.
I feel so badly for both the Worthington Caribou employees and regulars there. Howie and I love our local Caribou, and know how bereft we’d feel if our store closed. It was that friendly atmosphere that made me want to work for Caribou in the first place. Even with me working for the company, we are there a few nights a week. I saw how many employees went to the shop to relax during their off hours and knew it had to be a good place to work.
Coffee shops like Caribou are, to us, like Cheers without the booze – good places to make friends and great places to meet those friends and visit. Sorry to see you guys close, Worthington Bou folk! 🙁