As part of a national downsizing, five branches of Einstein Bros. Bagels are closing in Texas, including three in the Houston suburbs.
According to a release from the company, they are among 39 stores across the country that are "under-performing," all of which will be closed by Tuesday.
In the Houston area, locations in Missouri City on Route 6, The Woodlands and Conroe will be shuttered. "We weren't doing as well on sales, it's unfortunate," said an employee at the Conroe store, who said they'd be closing early today.
There are approximately 600 Einstein Bros. Bagels locations in 40 states.
Bagels are a fussy topic, and Einstein Bros.' specimens are not exactly revered. But the chain gets good marks for having a wide variety of cream cheese flavors, as well as breakfast sandwiches and better-than-expected coffee. (In 2014, Einstein Bros. was bought by JAB Holding Co., which also owns Peet's Coffee & Tea and Caribou Coffee.)
The chain also serves lunch and has a brisk catering business.