To whomever maintains Starbucks POI files: I noticed that the location finder on Starbucks' website does not list all locations! If you're using this website location finder to build the POI file, you might be missing some locations. Any possible reason for this?
For example, last week I was in the Victorville/Barstow area of California. I went to Starbucks' website to find the location nearest to my hotel. It listed several on Bear Valley Rd, including locations in Albertsons and Vons supermarkets. But it failed to list two locations on Palmdale Rd and 7th St, near the exit off I-15. Also, when I selected Barstow, it only listed the location on E Main St (off of I-15), but didn't show the one on Lenwood Rd near the Barstow Outlets.
I understand the website may not show certain licensed locations (for example, in Barnes & Noble), but these were all stand-alone stores.
This could be the reason, if you make a note of the locations they coorections can be made... Report them to the maintainer of the file... or miss poi...
Edit I believe werskine maintains this file...
THINGS are opening or closing almost on a daily basis,and during this time of year i am very busy, i will start to work on the file in the late fall!
send all edits to me please
I'm not sure of the exact term but the Starbucks website seems to only show the 'company stores'. ie, I've seen many standalone stores but I don't see the one at my local Barnes and Noble.
Too bad somebody at Starbucks (or other companies) don't create their own POI files to support their stores.
As people do this out of the goodness of their hearts and on their own time, I personally don't get upset if there are some inaccuracies in the file. On top of that, the files are free! As the old saying goes, you get what you paid for...
Kudos to all that volunteer their valuable time and effort to create and maintain those files. Thank you!
....and if you find a problem with a file, the maintainer of the file or the webhosts are more than willing to make corrections to their POI files. It's not easy to maintain some of these. Two examples are the Walmart group and Starbucks files. Constantly changing world in these two corporations eyes. They are always tweaking locations or building bigger stores.
....and if you find a problem with a file, the maintainer of the file or the webhosts are more than willing to make corrections to their POI files.
Please supply the new address, phone number and coordinates for the maintainer, it really is so appreciated!
My issue is that Starbucks' website is not current. One of the locations I mentioned in my original post (the one at the outlet shops near Barstow, CA) has been in existence for at least a year, yet it doesn't show up on their search engine.
I understand that the POI file is difficult to maintain for a rapidly growing (and soon to be shrinking!) company such as Starbucks. I was more concerned about the reliability of a company's store locator on its own website, which I assumed would be the best source for creating a custom POI file.
My Starbucks POI has 8,900 locations. How many Starbucks are there in the US and Canada?
According to Wikipedia, in 2007 there were "15,012 stores in 44 countries." And "by late March 2008, Starbucks had more than 16,226 stores worldwide, including 11,434 stores located in the U.S."
So, it would seem, closing 600 stores is not really a big deal.
Last i checked about a year ago, Starbucks did not do franchises, although I found out they licence their coffee/name to Barnes & Noble, and perhaps a few other stores. So its unlikely that the stores taht are not on their website are franchises. Its probably the fact that in the last year or 2 they;ve bought a number of other smaller chains, decided to close numerous stores, etc and are in such a state of flux that they're having a hard time maintaining their own list.
That being said, if yoyu find a store that's not on the 's website and not in the POI file, save its location to your gps, and drop a note to the POI maintainer here....
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