STARBUCKS is coming to Northwich.

The town’s first branch of the international coffee shop chain opens this week.

It takes over the space off Station Road and Leicester Street previously home to The Car Centre and Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

When it opens its doors on Thursday (December 14), the first 100 customers through the door will be treated to an exclusive gift.

A spokesperson for Starbucks said: “We can confirm the Starbucks store at Station Road, Northwich will open on Thursday, December 14, creating 18 jobs for the local community.

“Opening hours will be 6.30am to 7.30pm Monday to Saturday and 8am 60 6.30pm on Sundays, with the first 100 customers receiving Starbucks reusable cups exclusively on the day of opening.”

The Starbucks will be a drive-thru venue, forming part of the brand’s shift towards roadside branches.

Plans for the development were first approved by Cheshire West and Chester Council’s planning department in 2022.

Since then, the former Car Centre showroom has been demolished, making way for a new building for the coffee shop.

Three other new units will also be created on the site, alongside a drive-thru restaurant, which is expected to be taken over by Burger King.

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A planning application for signage and advertising was submitted on behalf of the fast-food brand earlier this year.

However, no decision has yet been made.

Meanwhile, the smaller building, once occupied by Enterprise, has been retained and is due to be taken over by a separate company.