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SOMERSET: Morrisons coffee drive-thru plans

SOMERSET: Morrisons coffee drive-thru plans

Image: Daniel Mumby

Bridgwater residents could soon enjoy a tasty coffee after completing their weekly shop under new plans.

WM Morrisons Supermarkets PLC has applied to build a drive-thru coffee outlet in the car park of their existing store on The Broadway.

The outlet will be occupied by Starbucks as part of a plan to “rejuvenate under-used areas” of the car park, creating up to 15 full-time jobs.

Sedgemoor District Council is expected to make a decision on the proposals before Christmas.

If approved, the new outlet will be built in the north-eastern corner of the car park, which backs onto Broadway near the junction with the A38 Taunton Road.

As well as the drive-thru lane, customers will be provided with a choice of outdoor seating, with the outlet being open daily between 5am and 11pm (including Sundays and bank holidays).

Morrisons has confirmed 75 parking spaces will be lost to enable the development, leaving 437 spaces left for existing supermarket customers.

A spokesman for Whittam Cox Architects (representing the applicant) said: “The scheme seeks to revitalise the existing WM Morrisons car park by offering more choice to customers and generating new employment opportunities through the provision of a new drive-thru coffee shop.

“Our client hopes that the advantages of this proposal as well as the overall benefits to the local community will be supported.”

This application follows the approval of similar plans in Glastonbury, where Mendip District Council allowed the construction of a new Costa Coffee outlet in the car park of the town’s B&Q store on Wirral Park Road.

While the Bridgwater outlet is being brought forward by a private company (i.e. Morrisons), the Glastonbury branch is a fully-formed commercial investment by South Somerset District Council.

The council has invested £700,000 of taxpayers’ money in the venture (of which £450,000 will be spent on the actual construction), with the new outlet expected to be operational before the end of the year.

Sedgemoor District Council will make a decision on the Bridgwater proposals before the end of the year.

Words: Daniel Mumby, Local Democracy Reporter

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