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New Starbucks is the first opening at Stane Leisure Park

PUBLISHED: 09:15 19 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:16 19 September 2018

New Colchester Starbucks drive thru opens a Stane Park, Stanway development, with MP for Witham Priti Patel and the mayor of Colchester Peter Chillingworth

New Colchester Starbucks drive thru opens a Stane Park, Stanway development, with MP for Witham Priti Patel and the mayor of Colchester Peter Chillingworth

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The first Starbucks drive-thru has opened in Colchester, creating 25 new jobs.

The store team held a ribbon cutting ceremony, where the mayor Peter Chillingworth and Priti Patel, MP for Witham, did the honours.

The store’s local charity partner, Air Ambulance, was also in attendance.

Dan Smye, the manager of the new store run by Starbucks licensee 23.5 Degrees, said: “We are excited to be opening our brand new store at Stane Park.

“Our team is excited to start serving the local community.”

This is the first unit to open on the recently completed Stane Leisure Park, which has been developed by The Churchmanor Estates plc.

Head of Communications Emma Proctor King 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.”

Priti Patel MP 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.”

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