Something you don't hear of every day:
Beverage giant Starbucks will close a store — and it's one of the oldest in the Philadelphia area.
The last day for the Starbucks that opened in fall 1995 at Fourth and South Streets in Queen Village — across from Jim's Steaks and the TLA — will be Dec. 2. A company official confirmed the closing and said employees would be reassigned. He did not confirm word on the street that Starbucks had declined a rent increase in the offing.
This will create yet another corner vacancy on South Street, which has been looking even more forlorn lately.
As I reported Monday, the longtime Jon's Bar & Grill at the other end of the block shut down over the weekend. On the plus side, Federal Donuts lit up Sixth and South last month with a new store, and the venerable Bridget Foy's at Second and South is rebuilding from a fire and is expected to reopen in 2019. (Side note: The Bridget Foy's crew is redoing the recently shuttered Ela at Third and Bainbridge as an Italian restaurant called Crybaby Pasta & Wine Bar.)
Fortunately for java heads, there is no shortage in the neighborhood, including the Green Line Cafe, which a month ago opened a half-block away at Fourth and Gaskill Streets.