Evanston caffeine junkies can exhale now. Starbucks says none of its stores in Evanston are closing.

The giant coffee chain has announced the list of 600 stores it plans to close around the country, and all nine stores in Evanston — from Main Street at Chicago Avenue to Central Street at Crawford Avenue — escaped the ax.

Across the Chicago metro area 18 Starbucks are slated to close.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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