Will people visit center once Starbucks is gone?

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I was saddened to read in the Journal yesterday (April 15) about the decision to close our family’s favorite Starbucks in town, the store on Auburn-Folsom Road. Of all local Starbucks this location has the homiest feel, along with a warm and welcoming staff, artwork by Skyridge Elementary students, and ever-consistent quality. Such a great place. I’ll really miss it, but I encourage Auburn residents to please continue to patronize the remaining business in the center so that it can remain vital. The loss of an anchor business in any shopping center almost unfailingly results in significant drops in traffic and sales for remaining tenants, and it would be real shame to see that happen again in Auburn. Let’s shop our neighborhoods, shop local and shop independent whenever we can. Kristine O’Daly Auburn