Seattle’s Best may lose Borders partnership

Coffee chain would see unit count drop by more than 200 if licensing deal ends

The bankrupt Borders bookstore chain is planning to end its long relationship with Seattle’s Best Coffee, a move that would leave the 336-unit coffee concept with fewer than 100 locations, a spokeswoman said.

Seattle’s Best began operating cafes in Borders stores in 2004, growing to more than 400 locations before the retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February and began closing bookstores. Seattle's Best lost an estimated 225 cafe outlets within the book

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