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Caribou Coffee closing Ohio stores?

CINCINNATI – Caribou Coffee, the nation’s second-largest coffee chain, could be leaving Ohio for good.

That was the word reportedly delivered to baristas at a local chain store Friday night, according to a worker who wished to remain unnamed. The employee said a message from corporate headquarters indicates that Caribou Coffee franchises across Ohio are scheduled to close Sunday, April 14.

According to Yelp.com , at least one Ohio franchise has already closed. The coffee shop located at 1425 Grandview Ave. in Columbus shut its doors in late March.

In December 2012, Caribou was sold for $340 million to Joh. A. Benckiser, a German private equity group, as reported by the Minneapolis, St. Paul Business Journal . In the report, the Business Journal states that Caribou planned to continue to operate as an independent company, maintaining its own brand identity after the purchase was complete.

Additionally, in early March 2013, Caribou canceled a deal to place kiosks in J.C. Penny stores nationwide, as reported in the Business Insider .

Caribou Coffee has two store locations near Cincinnati. One store is located on Beechmont Avenue and there’s another store on Reed-Hartman Highway in Blue Ash.

9 On Your Side did not receive a response to emails and phone calls to Caribou’s corporate headquarters. A manager at the Beechmont store stated they were not authorized to speak with the media.

9 On Your Side will update this story when more information becomes available.

Copyright 2012 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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