Friday, July 18, 2008

Google Map Showing Starbucks Closures

Starbucks Closures Map
screenshot of starbucks closures map
Starbucks announced on July 1st that they will close approximately 600 company-operated stores in the US. The search terms 'Starbucks closures' has been top of the Google Trends list for most of today so it appears to be a topic that has captured the imagination of the American public.

Starbucks has released a pdf file of the 600 stores to be closed. I thought that it would be more useful to view the 600 stores on a Google Map so I produced this Starbucks Closures Map.

I geo-coded the stores using the brilliant Batch Geocode and then saved the results into Google Spreadsheets. I then used the Google Spreadsheets Map Wizard to build the Google Map. The whole process took about 30 minutes.

Update

Slate
have created a collaborative Starbucks Google Map. They want Starbucks lovers to share their stories about the stores that are closing. The map is open for anybody to add their thoughts and feelings. You can even add photos or videos of the store if you have them.

This is exactly the kind of interesting collaborative project that Google MyMaps was developed for. The Slate map may even be more accurate in geo-tagging the closing Starbucks than my map (check the comments below).
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