One Of San Diego's Oldest Starbucks Coffee Locations Set To Close Due To Safety Concerns

June 13, 2023

For the second time in the past year, a San Diego Starbucks Coffee location will shutter due to safety concerns. 

Opened in 1994 as one of the first San Diego locations of the Seattle-based coffee brand, the Starbucks Coffee outpost on Fifth and Robinson in Hillcrest will permanently close on June 29. The reason for the closure is an inability to create a safe and welcoming environment for employees and customers at this time. It is believed employees have been put in frequent, uncomfortable positions with regard to the city's growing homeless population. There have also been cited incidents of theft and violence taking place within this particular location. All employees at the closing Hillcrest branch will be invited to join other area stores.

"After careful consideration, we are closing some stores in locations that have experienced a high volume of challenging incidents that make it unsafe to continue to operate, to open new locations with safer conditions," a Starbucks spokesperson previously told Insider magazine for an article published this in August 2022. 

This is the second San Diego Starbucks Coffee location to close in the past year due to safety concerns. Last fall, the controversial Starbucks store in Ocean Beach permanently closed, allegedly for the safety of customers and employees. 

The Starbucks location at 3801 Fifth Avenue in San Diego's Hillcrest will remain in operation at normal hours until Thursday, June 29. For more information, visit