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San Antonio Peet's grinds to halt

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Peet’s Coffee & Tea manager Samer Mustaklim, above. At the closed San Antonio Road location, below, Mustaklim said the staff will miss relationships built with longtime customers but have all found new roles at other Peet’s, with the exception of one college-bound barista.

The Peet’s Coffee & Tea at San Antonio Road and El Camino Real in Los Altos closed permanently at noon Sunday, one of three to shutter in the area.

Peet’s spokeswoman Elizabeth Ricardo said the coffee chain “must keep pace with changing markets” and was closing locations in Menlo Park and Palo Alto over the weekend as well.

Samer Mustaklim, manager of the closing Los Altos location, said it was a bittersweet experience to say farewell to longtime customers – but he isn’t moving far. He’s headed to the Peet’s at Foothill Crossing Shopping Center on Homestead Road in Cupertino, and added that every other worker from the Los Altos location had already found a new Peet’s to land at, with the happy exception of one person who was headed off to college.

Staff were scheduled to return to the store the first few mornings after its closure, brewing an emergency supply of free drip coffee for regulars who hadn’t heard the news.

“We wanted to say goodbye to customers. They have good connections with all of us – we know their names, we know their drinks,” Mustaklim said. “We actually care about them. I love the customers here; we get probably over 75% regulars.”

For bereft coffee drinkers wondering where to head now that doors have closed, some of the stand-alone coffee shops nearest to the erstwhile Peet’s include Coupa Cafe, a few blocks southeast on El Camino Real, and the Starbucks in The Village at San Antonio Center, across the street. The Peet’s at 367 State St. remains open.

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