Derrick Bryson Taylor at NYT:
It’s the quintessential Starbucks experience: Walk in, order a piping hot cup of coffee and sit back with a newspaper.
Or, at least, that’s how it used to be in an earlier era. Now, starting in September, you won’t be able to buy any newspapers at the coffee giant’s shops.
The company said this week that it would stop carrying print editions of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and local newspapers at its 8,600 locations across the country.
Starbucks did not give a reason for the change, but said it would also remove shelving fixtures that display whole-bean coffee and grab-and-go snacks.
“We are always looking at what we offer our customers in our stores and making adjustments to our portfolio based on changing customer behavior,” Sanja Gould, a company spokeswoman, said in a statement Friday.