Starbucks' roof collapses after weight of rain - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/4/10

Starbucks' roof collapses after weight of rain

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock's first free-standing and busiest Starbucks is closed after the weight of this weekend's rain caused the roof to collapse Saturday night.  Around 11:30 p.m. the assistant manager, who wasn't even on the clock, noticed a ceiling tile that was sagging at the 82nd and Quaker location.

The employees and customers, about 13 people in all, quickly evacuated the building. Just as the last person rushed out of the store the roof came crashing down into the coffee shop. Store manager Matt Coffin says it was the quick thinking of his assistant manager that got everyone out safely. "The most important things is we're safe, everybody got out. What's behind us is just a building,"Coffin said.

Dozens of people drove by the building Sunday to try to get their daily coffee or make sure everyone was ok. One of those who stopped by was Chad Quisenberry; he left the Starbucks shortly before everyone was evacuated Saturday night.

"It's was really crazy. I don't know what to say because I was sitting right there and it could have happened 20 minutes earlier right before I left," the teen told us. He says this Starbucks location is one of the places he and his friends spend a lot of time, "It's definitely going to be a change not being able to come here because it's where everybody came and chilled."

Starbucks is directing customers to their other locations until they can reopen the store, but right now Coffin is not sure when that will be, "Once we get a change we'll have the city inspect (the building) and move forward."

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