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Ad Week has a story about Starbucks' decision to close down the 23 La Boulange bakery chain locations that it acquired - in addition to the recipes and the ability to bring those products to all of its own stores - in 2012 for $100 million.

The story says that in part it is because Starbucks couldn't figure out a way to effectively grow the bakery chain. But in fact, experts tell Ad Week, Starbucks may have been okay with that - since it still has all of La Boulange's intellectual property, and "a hundred million is not a lot of money" for Starbucks to spend in order to solve its well-documented problems with food.
KC's View:
To paraphrase Senator Everett Dirksen, a hundred million here and a hundred million there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money...

And if you don;t know who Dirksen is, go Google him.

(He's also the fellow who once said, "I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.")