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Starbucks Opening In Former Crate & Barrel Says A Lot About Retailing Today


It doesn’t get any more obvious than this: A large, high-profile store once occupied by a national retail chain is becoming a large, high-profile store occupied by a national restaurant chain.

Welcome to the state of retailing circa 2019.

With the opening next month of what will be the largest Starbucks in the world in the space that was built for and occupied by Crate & Barrel for 27 years until it closed last year, the cycle that is increasingly coming to define the retailing business has perhaps its most obvious example.

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