Covington Starbucks customers fight to keep store open - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Justin Hanson

Covington Starbucks customers fight to keep store open

Customers are pretty upset about the closing of Covington's Starbucks store. 

In fact, many of them are calling and e-mailing the corporate office in Seattle to try and save their store. 

When customers found out their coffee house was closing its doors, they were not happy.

"I have sent my e-mail, my very frustrated e-mail begging to keep it open," said customer Hannah Smith.

Smith is just one of the hundreds of customers calling or e-mailing the corporate office trying to keep the store open.

"Its new...its been open a year...give it a chance," says Smith.

Even former Starbucks employees hate to see the store close.

"I've associated it with the good things in life and that's the fun and fellowship with my friends just having a good environment to come and share these things with other people," said Amber Yates, who used to work at the Covington store.

Carol Ammons lives in Ripley. 

She is willing to drive over 20 miles from home to get coffee.

"Peppermint mocha with an extra shot of espresso," said Ammons.

Ammons even loves Starbucks so much she named a family pet after it.

"I named my dog "Mocha" after Peppermint Mocha," said Ammons.

Community leaders said Starbucks gives Covington some bragging rights.

Lee Johnston with the Covington/Tipton County Chamber of Commerce said, "We really don't want to lose it. We want this national known recognition here."

No matter what, many say employees of the Covington Starbucks will stay until the very end.

"They are fighters, they're not going to go down without a fight," said Yates.

Officials said it could be anywhere from 30 days to 9 months before the Covington Starbucks closes. 

The official list of closures comes out tomorrow. 

Action News 5 called Starbucks corporate office Thursday. Our phone call was not returned.


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