The Associated Press reports that Starbucks Corp. is closing 27 fewer cafes than planned after they proved more profitable than thought.

The company says about a quarter of the cafes that will be spared are in Texas. The others announced Thursday are in Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia and Washington.

Executives said Wednesday they decided to keep roughly 30 company-owned cafes open after reviewing their finances. They were among 800 U.S. shops to be shut in an effort to shave costs companywide.

The chain announced plans in July 2008 to close more than 900 stores and cut as many as 6,700 jobs.

Starbucks shares fell 11 cents to $19.98 in trading Thursday.

For lists of stores to remain open and others to be closed, visit:

http://news.starbucks.com/images/10041/USStoresRemovedfromClosureListSEPT2009.pdf