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A person wearing a protective mask pushes a stroller past a Starbucks store inside the South Coast Plaza shopping mall June 15 in Costa Mesa, California.

Starbucks Corp. and other coffee chains are expanding their grip on America’s coffee culture as independent cafes struggle to survive a pandemic-fueled industry shakeup.

The number of coffee shops in the U.S. is shrinking for the first time in nine years as sales plunge and COVID-19 forces the industry to rethink its business. That’s helping coffee-serving chains such as Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and even McDonald’s gain ground at the expense of independent outlets fighting to keep their doors open.

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