A coffee shop in the Libbie-Grove retail corridor has burnt out.
Starbucks has permanently closed its location at 5802 Grove Ave., according to a sign posted on the shop’s door.
“It has been a great pleasure to connect with you every day. We are very thankful to have played a role in your daily routine and that you have shared these moments of your life with us,” the note reads, signed by Tammie Magdaleno, Starbucks district manager.
Magdaleno deferred comment to Starbucks’s corporate media relations, which did not respond to requests for comment by press time.
Crews were at the Libbie-Grove location clearing out furniture and appliances on Wednesday afternoon.
Starbucks had been in the space since 2007. The building is owned by local developer Charlie Diradour, who earlier this month sold a building in the Fan to another local coffee shop. Diradour also leases to Starbucks in his buildings at 400 N. Robinson St. and 1017 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd.
Diradour was not available for comment by press time.
The closure comes within days of the Seattle-based coffee giant signing on for a new drive-through location at Libbie Mill. It also has a location in the works in Chesterfield, set to rise on the site of a former Pizza Hut in the Rockwood Square Shopping Center.
The coffee shop chain has made a habit of late in Richmond of opening newly built drive-thru locations and doing away with nearby inline storefronts, as it did last year with a new store in Willow Lawn.
The Libbie Grove corridor is set to get a new coffee shop, with Charlottesville-based Grit Coffee signing on to open at 409 Libbie Ave.