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CINCINNATI - Caribou Coffee, the nation's second-largest coffee chain, could be leaving Ohio.

That was the word reportedly delivered to baristas at a local chain store Friday night, according to a worker who wished to remain unnamed. According to a corporate message, local franchises all across Ohio are slated to close Sunday, April 14 the employee stated. indicates at least one Ohio Caribou in Columbus, located at 1425 Grandview Ave., already closed in late March.

In December of last year, Caribou was sold for $340 million to Joh. A. Benckiser, a German private equity group, as reported by the Minneapolis, St. Paul Business Journal . In their report, the Business Journal stated Caribou would continue to operate as an independent company with its own brand after the purchase was complete.

Additionally, in early March, Caribou canceled a deal to place kiosks in J.C. Penney stores nationwide, as reported in the Business Insider .

Locally, Caribou Coffee lists two store locations near Cincinnati; one on Beechmont Avenue and another on Reed-Hartman in Blue Ash.

No one answered emails or calls at Caribou's corporate headquarters on Saturday to confirm the closures, and a manager at the Beechmont store stated they were not authorized to speak with the media.

9 On Your Side will update this story when more information becomes available.

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