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Tully's Files for Bankruptcy Protection, Plans to Close Bella Bottega Store

The announcement comes just days after the company shut the doors at its Redmond Town Center location.

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

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

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The announcement came just a few days after the company shut the doors to its Redmond Town Center shop—the only other Tully's location in Redmond. 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.”

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.

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

charity October 11, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Very sad to see the store go, the bella botega and Hollywood hills locations were my favorites on the eastside.
Pauline October 11, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Love SoulFood Books!
jason October 11, 2012 at 11:04 PM
The Bella Botega Tully's was practically a daily stop for many, many of us working in AT&T labs Redmond. AT&T does not provide coffee! Plus there were tables and WiFi so that we could have team meetings there. The Baristas are so friendly and know our names. StarBucks is too small for holding team meetings, and Victors does not take plastic, so I'm not sure what we will do. We are in mourning!
Rachel Manchester October 12, 2012 at 05:01 AM
I liked the space and atmosphere at the Bella botega location but my FAVORITE coffee shop in Redmond has been and will always be Victors!
Julie Schuster October 21, 2012 at 08:45 PM
It's very sad about Tully's, but no worries! Lucky Jack's Latte in Redmond will take great care of you! Just give us a try. We are hoping to employ some of Tully's awesome barista's! www.facebook.com/LuckyJacksLatte Serving gourmet Caffe D'arte espresso and 100% fruit smoothies!

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