Metroplex Will Keep 2 Starbucks Slated to Close After All

Coffee chain decides to keep 27 of the 800 cafes that were on the chopping block

Starbucks Corp. is closing 27 fewer cafes than planned -- including two in North Texas -- after they proved more profitable than thought.

The company said that the locations at 4645 Matlock Road in Arlington and 7995 LBJ Freeway in Dallas will remain open.

The others announced are in Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia and Washington. The company will also keep open three locations in Corpus Christi and Houston.

Executives said Wednesday they decided to keep roughly 30 company-owned cafes open after reviewing their finances. They were among 800 U.S. shops to be shut in an effort to shave costs companywide.

The chain announced plans in July 2008 to close more than 900 stores and cut as many as 6,700 jobs.

Starbucks shares fell 12 cents to close at $19.97 Thursday.

Click here to see lists of stores to remain open and others to be closed.

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