I had to reply to this. I have never seen an empty starbucks since I landed in the US 5yrs ago. Be it San Antonio TX (where I used to be) or Manhattan (where I am). Even during my roadtrips, my wife (who loves coffee) has to stand in long lines to get coffee in stores by the highway in NJ, and upstate NY. So, whoever saw an empty Starbucks lives in a place where there are no humans left.