Starbucks reveals plans to open branch in Scunthorpe town centre

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 7 Dec 2017

International coffee giant Starbucks has revealed plans to open a branch in Scunthorpe town centre.

The American-owned chain is seeking planning permission to stir up the espresso business in the town centre by opening a shop in the Foundry shopping mall - close to rivals Costa.

The site earmarked for the branch is the former Perfect Home store at 61-63 High Street and a planning application has been submitted to North Lincolnshire Council.

If given the nod, the new business could be up and running within six weeks of the planning decision and would create 14 full-time and part-time jobs.

Trading hours would be from 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday and from 8am until 5pm on Sundays.

The estimated £250,000 investment will include creating three new toilets, one of which will be fully wheelchair accessible,inclusive of baby change facilities.

The business will be run by the Norwich-based group of KBeverage Ltd, which was founded in may 2015 and already runs 10 Starbucks branches.

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Rachael Yadaf and Rachael Alaok started their business in May 2015 and have plans to open 40 branches over the next five years.

Planners at the council have been told coffee shops are fundamental to the well-being of British High Streets and play a significant role in driving shopping visits.

Starbucks was founded in Seattle in 1971 and as of last year, had more than 23,700 branches across the world.

The first branch of the chain in North Lincolnshire was opened as a concession at John Leggott College in Scunthorpe in September 2012.

A second Scunthorpe franchise was also opened in the same year as part of a cafeteria revamp at North Lindsey College.

The council will make a decision in due course as to whether the project can proceeed.

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