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The Union St. Journal: Cherry Creek High School's official news source

Union St. Journal

Belleview Square Starbucks Closing

Wryn Duepre
Sophomore Addison Beck finishes up homework at the Starbucks on Bellevue Square, which closed for business on Oct. 13. For students like Beck, this Starbucks location was part of their daily routine. “I come here like almost every day after school because that’s where my mom picks me up,” Beck said before the closure. “And it’s great because [it has] free Wi Fi and I just get my work done.”

The Starbucks on Belleview and Yosemite, a favorite to many at Creek, closed on Oct. 13.

The coffee shop has been a steady presence on Belleview Square for many decades and its sudden closing has affected students, teachers, and admin.

“I’ve been going there for a long time…probably my entire life,” senior Elizabeth Lace said.

Activities Director Kelly Devitt considers the Starbucks a part of the community due to its many interactions with people from Creek.

“We love their baristas…they’ve always been supportive of our students even when they’ve struggled to behave properly there,” Devitt said. “I think it’s a huge loss. It’s somewhere that we as faculty members and staff like to go and take a break before games, before events, and I’m devastated about it.”

On Sept. 22, the store posted a notice outside the front door. The closing was unexpected for many, especially since the Starbucks was very popular in the shopping center.

As part of his research as a columnist for The Villager, English teacher Michael Mazenko spoke with the property manager of the Belleview location.

“It was her understanding that the lease was up and the parties were unable to come to an agreement,” Mazenko said.

Mazenko reached out to others who might have been involved, such as Greenwood Village city leaders and the Starbucks District Manager, but didn’t get any solid explanation for the closing. The store manager of the Belleview location declined an interview with the USJ.

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Gabby Schrock
Gabby Schrock, Assistant Opinions Editor
Hi, my name is Gabby Schrock and I am a junior! This is my second year in the USJ and I am the assistant opinions editor. I love to write, but even more so, read. Outside of school, if I’m not reading, I am cheering. I’m a Cherry Creek Varsity Cheerleader and love to cheer for our school and its sports. I also love to be around my friends in and out of journalism and being around my family.
Wryn Duepre
Wryn Duepre, Chief Photographer
Hi, my name is Wryn and I am a senior! I am the Chief Photographer for the USJ and this is my second year doing so! I love writing, reading, and taking pictures. I am a freelance photographer in my spare time and I love teaching photography and creating impactful photos that tell stories!

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