STANWAY: Popular coffee chain Starbucks have opened the doors to their newest drive-thru location in the west of Colchester.
Officially opened by the Mayor for Colchester and MP Priti Patel, the new Starbucks in Stanway is the first drive-thru Starbucks in the Essex town.
Colchester’s third Starbucks is located in the new Stane Leisure Park employing 25 staff both in full time and park time positions.
Dan Smye, manager of the new store run by Starbucks licensee 23.5 Degrees, said he was excited to be opening the brand new store in Stane Park. “Bringing the Starbucks Experience to customers from the Stanway area and beyond, our team of 25 partners (employees) are excited to start serving the local community and sharing their passion for coffee in a beautiful new store environment” Dan added.
Cllr. Peter Chillingworth, Mayor for Colchester cut the ribbon officially opening the new store with Stanway MP Priti Patel in a formal ceremony this morning (18th September).
The store’s local charity partner, Air Ambulance was also in attendance and the team have been hosting coffee tastings with a chance to try the new Autumn menu throughout the day.
Priti Patel, a strong supporter of the development of Stane Leisure Park, said: “I am delighted to see the opening of Colchester’s first drive-thru Starbucks here in Stanway as part of the Stane Leisure Park development.
“Churchmanor deserve a great deal of credit for developing this site and for their perseverance in getting this development in place and I was pleased to help them secure planning permission. The new local jobs being delivered are welcome and we look forward to seeing all of the developments in this area complete.”
Those in a hurry to grab their morning fix of caffeine are able to take advantage of the store’s new drive-thru serving drinks and food throughout the day. Store opening hours are 7am until 9pm Monday to Saturday, opening at 9am on Sunday.
Starbucks is the first unit to open on the recently completed Stane Leisure Park. KFC have almost completed outfitting their new store nearby and are due to open at the end of September and Nandos completion is understood to be at the beginning of November.
Development of the £12 million leisure park in Stanway had been delayed by many years after Colchester Council opposed plans for the original proposals.
Developers The Churchmanor Estates Company Plc successfully appealed the council’s decision in 2016 after the Secretary of State decided Colchester Council wrongly turned the application down.
Emma Proctor King, Head of Communications for the company said: “It is wonderful after several years of hard work to see the leisure park finally opening and being a success. I feel sure that the residents of Stanway will enjoy the additional leisure offer here for years to come.”
Development of the leisure park has also led to road improvements in the immediate area with a £350,000 investment by Churchmanor in widening London Road at the junction with the Western Bypass.
Stane Park Retail Park – phase II of the plans for the development of the area – were given the green light by council planning committee in August this year, following a vote to allow the creation of hundreds of new jobs in the area.
B&Q, M&S Food and ALDI are three of the big brand names being proposed for the area, along with infrastructure improvements including over £2.5 million of developer investment towards road scheme dualing, crossing points and traffic controls on the nearby A12 roundabout.