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Woodinville Tully's to Close, Company Files for Bankruptcy Protection

The Tully's in Woodinville will close on Sunday, officials told Patch Wednesday.

Tully's Coffee filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday and announced plans to close its Woodinville store along with eight other Seattle-area locations.

The Hollywood Vineyard location in Woodinville will close Sunday, as will the Bella Bottega Tully's and the Bridle Trails store in Kirkland, a company spokeswoman confirmed to Patch via email.

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As The Seattle Times reported, the Seattle-based chain is strapped for cash and has been working to renegotiate its leases at several locations.

In addition to closing several stores, CEO Scott Pearson told the newspaper Tully's is working to reduce costs by eliminating positions through attrition and renegotiating contracts with suppliers.

“We’re at a point where we need to position Tully’s for the future,” Pearson told The Times. “We need to be able to keep this company operating, and this is the best option for us.”

The Tully's in Woodinville occupies prime real estate in the official tourism district, near the Hollywood Schoolhouse, across from The Station Pizzeria and in the same building as Purple Cafe and Wine Bar and several wine tasting rooms.

At Bella Bottega, Tully's appeared to be ready to expand its drink menu after applying for a liquor license earlier this year. Company spokeswoman Diane Geurts told Patch as recently as last week that those plans were still in the works.

Geurts also said last week that each Tully's store employs about 10 people and that the company was "making every effort to relocate staff" from the Redmond Town Center location to other stores. Those sentiments were re-issued Wednesday regarding the new round of closures, with the company saying it expects to be able to place the majority of employees in other Tully's locations.

 "Our priority is retaining our team," Geurts said via email.

The full list of Tully's stores to be closed at the end of business on Sunday is listed below:

  • Wallingford 
  • Columbia Center
  • 4th & Union
  • Madison Park
  • Bella Bottega
  • Bridle Trails
  • TRC (Tacoma)
  • Port Orchard
  • Hollywood Hills (Woodinville)

Were you a regular customer at the Woodinville Tully's location? Where are you planning to go now for coffee? Tell us in the comments section.

Cathie October 10, 2012 at 10:58 PM
My girlfriend and I have been a frequent customer at the Hollywood Hills Tully's for many years now. I am not sure where we are going to go. We'll just have to regroup. I dislike the thought of having no other option than Starbuck's. So, I am very sad that this location is closing.
Don Shaw October 11, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Make sure you and the girlfriends try VICTORS in Redmond (next to Bill The Butcher)- coffee is roasted on-premise, and It's the way coffee-shops were meant to be! Great coffee (try a Java Jane), pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and a funky, friendly vibe. Lots of seating, indoor and out.
Kristin Gulledge October 11, 2012 at 01:34 AM
YIkes! I have a gift card with alot of money on it. Ideas? I guess I just need to buy alot of merchandise and freeze it?
Caylee Betts October 11, 2012 at 01:50 AM
The Station Pizzeria has begun work to expand our local premium coffee offerings and open early for morning traffic soon. We hope to provide a service that this area would otherwise really miss. We currently offer organic espresso bevrages (no drip yet) starting at 11am daily. We will keep you posted as this expands.
Lisa Baumann (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 03:49 AM
That's great news Caylee! Thanks for sharing.
Doug Graef October 12, 2012 at 03:22 AM
My wife Barbara and I and friends Deb & Dan, Shirley, Bill and his wife and many others have been regular, like daily, customers for many, many years. We are sad to see the Woodinville and Bella Botega stores close. I am concerned for my old friends Jenn and Katie and a couple others that work at the Bella Botega store. They have worked very hard for Tully's and I do hope they are well taken care of. Doug Graef
Andrew Max October 13, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Lets not forget the new French Bakery at the Vineyard has coffee and fresh pastries. It's walking distance from Tullys too. http://woodinville.patch.com/articles/french-bakery-opening-at-the-vineyard-in-woodinville
Ann October 13, 2012 at 09:45 PM
I totally forgot about French Bakery! They do lattes and have the best chocolate croissants. She's going to need more indoor seating though.
Jeremy Butler October 17, 2012 at 06:24 AM
The French Bakery just started selling Bagettes today, that and a ham and cheese croissant was my choice after driving past the papered up windows of Tully's.

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