Starbucks will open 200 new drive-thru outlets in the next five years 100 of which will be operated under licence by Top 50 Indie Euro Garages.
The 2011 Forecourt Trader of the Year winner will operate drive-thru Starbucks stores in the Midlands and north of England adding to the 14 it already runs. Zuber Issa, managing director of Euro Garages, said: "Our partnership with Starbucks has been a huge success to date. We’re delighted to be making such a positive announcement about our expansion together."
Starbucks said it is developing a new drive-thru concept store, which will bring new levels of comfort and environmental performance to the roadside and, combined with openings of conventional stores over next five years, the company expects to create 5,000 new jobs.
Kris Engskov, managing director of Starbucks UK and Ireland, said: "Customers told us that they now expect the best possible coffee wherever they are and the success of our first drive-thru stores shows that this is a huge opportunity.
Starbucks UK has recorded consistent sales growth during the past two years following a series of innovations ranging from switching to 100% Fairtrade espresso, launching new store designs, introducing stronger ’Flat White’ coffee, offering new food, free Wi-Fi, and giving employees free shares known as Beanstock.