Calgary coffee chain taking over Toronto's closed Starbucks locations

Mar 12 2021, 6:39 pm

Good Earth Coffeehouse is looking to expand across Canada and into the GTA following closures of Starbucks locations in the region.

In a release by the Calgary-based coffee chain, it plans on “acquiring locations across Canada abandoned by international coffee chains.”

Michael Going, founder and CEO of Good Earth Cafes Ltd., confirmed to Daily Hive that they are looking to step in and take over a number of shuttered Starbucks locations; however, he was unable to confirm how many of its locations will be set up across the Toronto area.

“Our big push right now is into the GTA, we’re definitely looking to take a number of locations with the Toronto region and probably down into southwestern Ontario as well,” Going told Daily Hive.

“We don’t have a number, we’re just looking at the real estate. We’re looking at not taking over some of their poorer [performing] locations; we’re looking at ones that have strong traffic and sales for them.”

Out of the 300 Starbucks locations to permanently close in Canada, over 30 locations shuttered in Toronto.

Good Earth Coffeehouse isn’t the only coffee chain taking advantage of the closures. Second Cup launched a new promo, giving Torontonians who pass by certain shuttered Starbucks locations a geo-targeted ad offer on Facebook and Instagram for a free Vanilla Bean Latte.

As for a target date, Going shared that they are currently working on potential locations and are basing openings as “sites become available.”

Good Earth has 45 locations across the country including in Victoria, British Columbia, Montreal, Quebec, as well as locations in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

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