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Business

Wheaton Caribou Coffee to close Sunday, reopen as Peet's Coffee & Tea

WHEATON – Downtown Wheaton will lose one coffee destination this month before another takes its place.

The Caribou Coffee at 390 W. Front St. will be among the few locations not closed in recent years to become a Peet's Coffee & Tea, according to store employees.

In 2012, Minnesota-based Caribou was bought by a German holding company for about $340 million. In April the following year, it announced it would close the majority of its 66 Illinois locations, and convert more than a dozen into Peet's Coffee & Tea shops. Overall, 80 were planned for closure and 88 for conversion, nationwide.

There were Caribou storefronts in more than a half dozen west suburban locations. Shops in Willowbrook, La Grange, Oakbrook Terrace, Lombard and Countryside have already closed. The Glen Ellyn store will shutter Sunday, and will not transition into a Peet's, an employee said.

Most Caribou cafes not planned for conversion were closed shortly after the April announcement. The downtown Downers Grove location at 5100 Main St. will stop service Aug. 31 and reopen Oct. 27, according to employees at the shop.

Calls placed to Peet's corporate media line were not returned.

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