By now you have heard that s-bux is closing many stores. This story claims, "Some coffee fans get grim delight in Starbucks woes."
I admit I sorta' share in a touch of that enjoyment. Perhaps I'm a hypocrite, because I do find myself frequenting Starbucks more often than my wallet and budget would like me too. But I also blame part of it on the addiction, and there is a touch of resentment that I am paying 4 bucks for a coffee drink.
However, I am not so sure that Starbucks hurts small business. If anything, it would seem to me that a mammoth corporate coffee chain presents an opportunity to the small entrepreneur local shops to distinguish themselves in the eyes of their patrons. When I go to Starbucks, it's for the convenience. But when I go to my local shop now, it's for the atmosphere as a break from the fast-food type distribution and consumption of coffee drinks. Also, it would seem that the growth of Starbucks has certainly fostered an increased enthusiasm for coffee and coffee drinks in general, and that the smaller shops would certainly benefit from that as well.