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‘Health and safety’ issue closes Glenwood’s newest Starbucks

Starbucks Coffee at 2115 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs remains temporarily closed due to ongoing building and safety improvements at the recently renovated location, according to company officials.
John Stroud | Post Independent

The Glenwood Springs Starbucks cafe and drive-through coffee shop on Grand Avenue remained closed Tuesday due to an unspecified “health and safety” concern, according to a company official.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we are working with a third-party vendor to understand the situation and inspect the store,” Starbucks Coffee Co. spokesperson Laurel Harper said in an emailed statement.

“We have temporarily closed the store in order to do so thoroughly and efficiently,” she said.

At this point, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is not involved, said a spokesman for the state agency, which is responsible for restaurant inspections in Glenwood Springs.

Glenwood’s newest Starbucks, which replaced the former Arby’s restaurant at 2115 Grand Ave. after an extensive remodel of the building last summer, was closed briefly earlier this summer and again late last week.

On Monday, the cafe section was closed but the drive-through was open. By Tuesday morning, the location was completely closed and customers were being steered to other Starbucks locations in town.

“We are committed to delivering an experience that exceeds expectations, and maintaining a clean and safe work environment is always our top priority,” Harper’s statement went on to say.

According to an earlier statement sent on Monday, “We have temporarily closed the café at this store while health and safety officials conduct a full inspection.”

Until the results of the inspection are known no more information is being shared with the public, Harper said.

CDPHE spokesman Mark Salley said state health inspectors were not aware of the Starbucks closure, and that it was not the result of a state action.

He said the location was entered into the state’s health inspection system on Sept. 16, 2014, and that the store was inspected on Oct. 15 of last year and again this past March 19.

“The inspection reports and the violations cited would not have resulted in a closure, and our staff is not aware of problems that would have resulted in closure,” Salley said, also by email.

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