YAKS Down to Three


YAKS Koffee Shop , which has expanded to four locations in Redding, will soon downsize to three stores. YAKS will discontinue its Simpson University location at the end of this semester, said YAKS spokesperson Nancy Kerns.

A lack of sales revenue was cited as the reason for the closure.

"Simpson is an amazing university and will fill the newly decorated place with another cafe owner that is to be announced soon," Kerns said in an e-mail. "Our shops are full, people love YAKS, but the economy is brutal and has left people with little to spend and understandably cutting back in all areas of their spending. So too, we have to cut back in places that are not able to withstand the current recession. We are sad to let it go."

When I wrote about YAKS in July, I mentioned that the aesthetically pleasing Simpson location seemed to attract tons of students. So the closure is a bit surprising. But in the face of this recession, perhaps nothing should be surprising any more.

Aside from the Simpson locaiton, there are YAKS stores at 3274 Bechelli Lane; at 1715 South St. (downtown); and at 930 Hilltop Dr., Suite A (in the same complex as the new Chuck E Cheese). All the locations offer free wi-fi for customers.

is a journalist who focuses on arts, entertainment, music and the outdoors. He is a songwriter and leader of the Jim Dyar Band. He lives in Redding and can be reached at jimd.anewscafe@gmail.com
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2 Responses

  1. Avatar Loves to Eat says:

    Too bad, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do in today's economic climate. Good luck to Yaks in all the other venues!

  2. Avatar Michael Allison says:

    I'm gonna have to check out Yaks. Breaking New Grounds started Busting My Balls to clear out, after about an hour. I think they need to read up on the history of the coffee house — a place for folks like me, artist types with limited funds, to HANG OUT. If I'd wanted to be pressured, I'd have gone to a restaurant, and gotten a real breakfast!! Havent tried Yaks yet. Are there any independent coffee houses in town that are open late, so we can go get a late-night-sober-up coffee, after a music show?

    Did you see all the people out for ArtHop — in the rain?