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Some Starbucks Closed Due to 'Maintenance Issue'

Preventative maintenance on a water filtration system was to blame for the Wednesday morning closures in Bradenton and around the country, according to a company spokesperson.

Was your local Starbucks closed today? Let us know in the comments section below.

A "maintenance issue" forced several Starbucks Coffee stores around the country, including here in the Tampa Bay area, to be temporarily closed Wednesday, forcing many residents to go without their morning coffee.

Preventative maintenance on a water filtration system on "a small percentage" of Starbucks stores was to blame for the closures, a company spokesperson told Patch. The maintenance was intended to be completed overnight, the spokesperson said, but "in some cases that did not happen."

In Bradenton, all of the Starbucks locations were closed Wednesday morning except the store at U.S. 41 and Cortez Road.

Later in the day, the Starbucks at 5783 Manatee Ave. W. re-opened, but barristas there told customers they couldn't make any drinks that required water because they didn't have any water pressure. That left customers with the choice of iced coffee, frappuccino and iced teas.

Multiple media sources reported closures around the country, including elsewhere in Florida and in Ohio.

Nearly all the Starbucks locations in the Naples area were closed Wednesday morning, the Naples Daily News reported. Stores in Jacksonville were also closed, News4Jax.com reports. The Dayton Daily News reported closures in Dayton, OH, and Cincinnati-area stores were also affected, according to kypost.com. 

All the stores were expected to re-open by Wednesday afternoon, according to the company.

— Bradenton Patch editor Toni Whitt contributed to this story.

Carolyn and Cricket May 23, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Toni, Are you all right? No Starbucks for almost a whole day?! Do they have any idea how traumatic it is for those of us who live for Starbucks? Remember "Coffee is the elixir of life."
Toni Whitt May 23, 2012 at 10:12 PM
I went to to Cortez and 41 location for my morning java. After my neighbor brought me a cup of coffee along with a morning cheer.
Michele May 24, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Toni, Jose knows this because he was the one that put the exploding devices on the tanks! (just messing with you Jose);-)
James May 05, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Dunkin Donuts has better Coffee anyways!
James May 05, 2013 at 01:58 AM
they could close forever, dont think anyone would really miss them to much!

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