Starbucks fans in Richmond may have to look elsewhere for their daily perk, with the closure today of the coffee giant’s Aberdeen Centre location.

It is the first Starbucks closure in Canada due to the economic slowdown.

The Richmond store is one of 100 non-U.S. locations that will close around the world, Starbucks said in an e-mail statement yesterday.

An additional 800 outlets will close in the U.S.

“The decision to close stores and impact partners is extremely difficult,” Starbucks said.

“We recognize the impact this has on many members of the Starbucks family who have directly contributed to our success over the years.”

Impacted employees may be placed into available positions at nearby locations.

Starbucks opened 28 locations in Canada in the first quarter, including five in B.C.

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