Star­bucks to move in to BP garage site

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@trin­i­tymir­ @jamie_lopez1

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

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