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Charleston Town Center Teavana to close

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In this March 4, 2015, file photo, Teavana barista Riaunna Durham, left, prepares matcha tea for Lauren Castillon at the Teavana Fine Teas + Tea Bar in Beverly Hills, Calif. All Teavana locations are now shutting down, including the franchise at the Charleston Town Center.

Starbucks has announced it will close all of its Teavana stores nationwide Thursday, including the location in the Charleston Town Center mall.

Starbucks said in a release the decision came after the stores continued to underperform financially.

There is no closing date yet for the Charleston store, a Teavana employee said.

About 3,300 people are employed by Teavana throughout the country. Eight people work in the Charleston location, a manager at the store said.

There are 379 Teavana stores nationwide, mostly located in malls. Most locations will be shut down by next Spring, Starbucks said. Teavana employees will be invited to apply for jobs at Starbucks locations.

A manager at Teavana said she expects all eight employees to move on to other jobs within the company.

There are two Starbucks locations in Charleston, including one in the Charleston Town Center and another on Kanawha Boulevard. There also is a Starbucks store inside of Target and Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston.

Starbucks acquired Teavana in 2012. The company said bottled Teavana teas still will be sold at Starbucks stores.

Teavana is one of several stores departing the Charleston Town Center. Sears, Payless, Gymboree and Crazy 8 all have announced closures within the past six months.

Charleston Town Center declined to comment on the closure.

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