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Starbucks plans new drive-thru café in Birmingham

Coffee shop group is eyeing undeveloped land in Northfield for a new venue which is expected to create around 30 jobs

Graham Young
Starbucks in Colmore Row - the chain is now planning to open a drive-thru in Northfield

Coffee shop chain Starbucks has brought forward new plans to open a drive-thru café in south Birmingham.

The group has lodged an application with Birmingham City Council to open the venue on undeveloped land in Sir Herbert Austin Way, Northfield.

According to plans, the coffee shop would be opposite the Sainsbury's supermarket and create 15 full-time and 15 part-time jobs.

While there has been support, particularly from job seekers, there have been some initial concerns about traffic in nearby Vineyard Road and the potential for noise.

Consultation is now under way with residents, councillors and Northfield MP Richard Burden with comments invited until March 17.

Starbucks said it had no further comment to make at this stage.

The first drive-thru Costa Coffee in Birmingham opened in Edgbaston in 2014 on the Calthorpe Estate.

The project in Calthorpe Road, close to Five Ways Island, created around 18 jobs and is part of landowner Calthorpe Estates' aim to create an urban village.

A 1,575 sq ft listed building was refurbished and extended to create the 3,064 sq ft Costa with a car park as part of the £1.1 million development programme.



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