Blue State Coffee permanently closes all of its cafes – mySA

After closing three of its New Haven cafes last month, Blue State Coffee has announced that all of its remaining cafes are now permanently closed. All cafes were closed effective 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17. 

“Since our founding in 2004, we have prioritized our mission of creating a ripple effect of positive change across communities. We are grateful to the communities where our cafes are located, our wonderful customers and our amazing managers and baristas for helping fufill our mission,” read a statement that the business posted on Facebook on Thursday. “Blue State Coffee grew to have 9 cafes in 3 states over the last 18 years. We are so proud of this company, and as a family-owned business, we feel it is the right time to make this change. We will miss you.”

In the statement, Blue State Coffee also noted that over its 18 years of business, it has donated more than $1,000,000 to local businesses. According to the company, its coffee and other merchandise will still be sold on its website for a limited time

Last month, Blue State Coffee Chief Executive Officer Carolyn Greenspan told Yale Daily News, the college newspaper of Yale University, that she “felt confident” that Common Grounds will hire local Blue State Coffee employees displaced by the closures. Greenspan also told Yale Daily News that she is moving on to focus on other projects. “I am a grandmother now, and I have other things that I like to do,” Greenspan said in an interview with Yale Daily News. “The timing was just right for us.”

Blue State Coffee most recently had four locations in New Haven, and one in both Hartford and Providence, R.I. 

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