Two local mainstays are shutting down as the result of the economic jolt suffered due to the threat of the Coronavirus.
The Starbucks at U.S. Hwy. 27/441 and Rolling Acres Road had exclusively switched to drive-through service and shut down its indoor cafe. Now the coffee shop, which has been at that location for more than a decade, will be shutting down its operation as of 6 p.m. Friday, March 20.
The Starbucks locations at Lake Sumter Landing and Southern Trace Plaza have also switched their service model to pick-up and drive-through as a result of the economic earthquake brought about by fears surrounding COVID-19. Those two Starbucks have given no indication they plan to shut down.
Billy’s Cafe, a longtime breakfast and lunch eatery on U.S. Hwy. 27/441, put a sign in its window announcing it will be closing for two weeks. The sign indicated the cafe will re-open March 30.
“Hopefully,” it added.