Starbucks to stop selling newspapers: Bring your own NYT or WSJ

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FILE – This March 24, 2018, file photo shows a sign in a Starbucks in downtown Pittsburgh. Starbucks is getting rid of plastic straws at its locations around the world. The coffee company said Monday, July 9, 2018, that it’ll offer a strawless lid or straws made of paper or compostable material instead. (AP Photo/Gene […]

Want to skim through the paper while drinking your Starbucks coffee? You’ll have to bring your own — or read one on a phone app.

The sight of tables strewn with yesterday’s news at the Seattle coffee chain is a thing of the past as well. Starbucks chain will quit selling The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Gannett papers like USA Today in more than 8,600 U.S. stores in September, citing “changing customer behavior.” Starbucks has sold The Times since 2000 and other papers since 2010.

Indeed, the smells and smears of newsprint are in decline. While some papers are adding digital subscribers , newspaper weekday circulation has declined by more than half since its peak in the mid-’80s.

The Times says it is “disappointed” and the Journal confirmed that Starbucks is stopping print sales. Gannett did not immediately respond to questions.

This isn’t the first time Starbucks has decided old media is too passe for its cafes. Remember CDs? Sales of those ended in 2015. No word yet if Starbucks is going to start selling records, which are trendy again.

The New York Post first reported Starbucks’ decision to drop newspaper sales.

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