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The newest Starbucks in the Oak Park and River Forest area, open less than a year, will close sometime in the next one to nine months as part of national downsizing by the Seattle-based corporation.

Will Moen, store manager of the North Avenue and Lathrop Avenue Starbucks, confirmed the closing Thursday afternoon. Moen said he and his staff were informed last Friday that their facility would be among the 50 Illinois locations and 600 nationwide shuttered by the Seattle corporation between this August and next March.

Moen added that stores are being informed a minimum of 30 days ahead of the earliest possible date for closing, but as of yet there’s no set timeline. “They’re working with an overall nine-month time frame,” he said. “I could wind up closing next month or next February.”

Moen explained local store management are being informed of decisions by corporate headquarters on a “need-to-know” basis. “Right now this is as much as I know,” he said.

As recently as last year, Starbucks was expanding its presence in the Oak Park-River Forest and Forest Park area, opening its third Oak Park location at 711 Lake St. It previously had opened its first River Forest site at 7201 Lake St, River Forest in October, 2006.

The North and Lathrop store is one of six Starbucks currently in the area. The other locations are 7201 Lake St., River Forest; 7112 W North Ave., Chicago; 711 Lake St., Oak Park; 1018 Lake St, Oak Park; and 7231 Madison St., Forest Park. It also operates a store inside the Dominick’s Food Store, 259 Lake St.

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