The Gap hit a critical mass a decade ago and competitors had caught on to its strategies. With that, customers didn't find the store as exciting as they once did. "The same, presumably, could be said of Starbucks," writes Merek Fuchs. He questions Howard Schultz's excuses for the company's slowdown. (Starbucks has gotten too big and has more competition, he says.) Discuss this story or anything else Starbucks-related in the open thread.