Starbucks to move in to BP garage site
STARBUCKS is set to open a drive-through coffee shop in Southport. The coffee giant is planning to open the new shop on the site of the existing BP garage in Scarisbrick New Road, on the outskirts of the town centre.
Under the proposal the petrol station will be demolished and the replaced by the Starbucks shop, car park and drive-in facility.
A planning application has been formally submitted to Sefton Council and, if approved, it will be the second Starbucks in the town.
The franchise already has a shop in Lord Street, and there are also several Costa and Caffe Nero branches in the town.
It would be the only drivethrough coffee shop in the town – and the announcement has caused plenty of excitement.
When the news was published on the Southport Visiter website, readers were quick to share the story, making it the second most read that day.
Many responded to say they were ‘‘delighted’’ and ‘‘excited’’ by the prospect, and the shop will surely be hugely popular if the plans are approved.
Not all were impressed with the prospect of another coffee shop opening in the town though, with some also bemoaning the potential loss of the petrol station.
One resident, Stephanie Donn, said: “Ridiculous idea. That garage has recently just installed a Starbucks coffee dispenser in there, I use this garage all the time, and never once have I ever seen anyone make a coffee from that dispenser.”
Marian Cooke said: “So they’re closing the only petrol station in the area to build a coffee shop. What planet are these people on... If Sefton Council give the go-ahead they’re more out of touch than I thought.”
A decision on the proposal could be made in November.
The plans would see a car park, restaurant and drivethrough built on the site