A new service station is opening this week in Buckshaw Village complete with a Starbucks Drive-Thru, a 24hour Sainsbury’s, a Greggs, Subway and a BP fuel stop.
One of the UK’s largest privately-owned forecourt operators Euro Garages is behind the Matrix Park development, which sits just off Dawson Lane near the Bobbin Mill pub.
The petrol station and Sainsbury’s will throw open their doors today and Starbucks is on track to welcome customers tomorrow.
The coffee shop attracted staunch opposition when the proposal was tabled. Owners of independent cafe The Cowshed, on Barnes Wallis Way, Nick Groom and Alison Holme led the campaign opposing the store in 2015 to no avail.
Manager of the new Starbucks Drive-Thru Chelsie Pattinson said: “We have 15 people in the team and every single one of us is really excited to be bringing the store to Buckshaw.”
Barry Westley, area manager of Euro Garages, said that the Sainsbury’s had created 15 new jobs.
He said: “People are leading busy lifestyles and there is a growing trend that they want to do a top-up shop whilst they stop on-site to either fill up or visit our locations for coffee, breakfast or lunch.”