A possible opening date in 2022 has been teased for the new Starbucks outlet coming to Taunton.
The coffee giant has applied to Somerset West and Taunton Council to build a coffee shop with drive-thru lane with associated changes to car park layout on part of Deane Retail Park, off Hankridge Way in Taunton.
Permission was given to the plans in January this year.
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Plans show the drive-thru shop will be built on a section of the car park near Sainsbury’s, Halfords and Hobbycraft.
As part of the construction, the existing customer car park in the area will be altered with 22 new spaces including two new disabled spaces.
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As a result, there will be a net loss of 20 existing car parking spaces.
An application has now been submitted to the council to approve all the signage and advertising that will be displayed at the store, including drive-thru indicators, menu boards and illuminated signs.
Among the planning documents for this additional application, it is indicated that the consent is requested to begin on January 21 2022 – suggesting that an opening of the store in early 2022 is anticipated.
However there has not yet been any official confirmation on the opening plans for the store.
The initial proposal for the new outlet came just months after the American coffee chain closed its existing store in the centre of Taunton.
Signage and fittings inside and outside the Fore Street branch were stripped by contractors in June after Starbucks decided not to renew its lease.
The store is not the only one from Starbucks that is set to arrive in Somerset over the coming months.
Plans have also been submitted to bring a new outlet of the chain to Bridgwater.
This outlet would be sited in the Morrisons store car park on the corner of Broadway and Taunton Road.
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