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Bagel chain shuts down Dallas-Fort Worth shops due to half-baked performance

Bagel chain shuts down DFW shops due to half-baked performance

Einstein Bros bagel with cream cheese
There are less of these in Texas now. Einstein Bros Bagels/Facebook

As part of a national downsizing, five branches of Einstein Bros. Bagels are closing in Texas, including two in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Both are in Tarrant County: one in the West 7th District in Fort Worth and the other off I-30 in Arlington, in the same center as Whole Foods Market.

According to a release from the company, they were among 39 stores across the country that were "under-performing," all of which will be closed by February 24.

In Houston, the stores are in outlying suburbs: One is in Missouri City on Route 6, and the other two are north of Houston in Conroe and The Woodlands. There are approximately 600 Einstein Bros. Bagels locations in 40 states.

"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. No one answered the phone at the stores in Arlington and Fort Worth. 

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.

And with Dallas-Fort Worth's shortage of New York-style delis, Einstein's is still the dominant bagel, with more than 40 branches around the area, including four at DFW Airport.