San Francisco, CA – Looking for your morning latte fix, only to be deterred by a sad “Our store is temporarily closed” sign? You’re not alone. Dozens of Starbucks locations are currently closed throughout the Bay Area as the ubiquitous coffee chain struggles with staffing shortages.
In San Francisco, locations at the Folsom Street Target, the Westfield Centre, Bush and Van Ness, Grant and Bush and multiple Union Square stores are closed. Other locations are still open, but are closing earlier than normal, with many posting closure times between 5 and 6 p.m.
KRON says that some Starbucks have been closed for nearly a week. The TV station reported a Walnut Creek store on North Main has been shuttered since Monday; on the door is a sign that reads, “Sorry for the inconvenience. Our store is temporarily closed.”
What’s the reason for withholding the Frappuccinos? Starbucks says it’s been impacted by a “temporary staff shortage.”
“When a store is experiencing a temporary staff shortage, we respond by reducing hours to be mindful that our partners aren’t overworked — prioritizing their health & well-being in our decision making,” the coffee chain wrote in a statement to KRON. “These decisions are made on a store-by-store and market-by-market basis, and our customers can check the Starbucks Locator on our website or app for their store’s current hours of operation.”
The most updated list of store openings and closures can be found on their mobile app, although many have reported that it may not be perfectly accurate. Sadly, you may have to found out the hard way about your local, beloved Starbucks.