The Starbucks housed in Newton Centre's railroad station has shut down, despite protests from coffee lovers when a round of planned store closures was announced this summer.
"Our sincerest apologies, this Starbucks is closed,'' reads a sign on the door.
Just after 9 a.m. Friday, several frustrated coffee drinkers discovered the doors closed. They yanked the door and tried to open it, but had no luck. Inside, it appeared coffee making equipment had been removed.
Starbucks announced it was closing 600 stores, including seven in Massachusetts, this summer. It has about 200 stores in the state.
Here is a state by state list of the closures announced this summer.
In Newton, protesters formed a petition drive and complained that a nearby Starbucks, less than two blocks away, lacked the charm of the train station location with its wood paneled interior. The train station was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, according to a plaque on the building.
"Rather than close the newer, "McStarbucks" on Center Street, Starbucks has chosen to close what has to be one of the most unique locations it has. The old train station location is spacious, airy, and welcoming. My kids have enjoyed the passing trains and great Starbucks staff for years,'' wrote one petition signer.
What are your memories of the train station Starbucks in Newton Centre?