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Starbucks to open store in city centre

By Martin Booth and Adam Postans , Thursday Mar 21, 2024

There was a time when Starbucks seemed to be on the retreat in Bristol.

The global chain once had stores on Park Street, Wine Street, next to Bristol Bridge and in Cabot Circus but those have all closed in recent years.

The coffee titan is back, however, with plans to open a new cafe in a former recruitment agency office on St Augustine’s Parade.

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Planning documents say the proposed signage is different and more sensitive than Starbucks’ standard frontages “in response to the heritage considerations associated with the listed building and conservation area status” – image: Cobra Coffee / Key2 Group

The new Starbucks is set to open in the historic parade of shops between the Bristol Hippodrome and the Bristol Beacon, with listed building consent applied for.

It is also just a few doors away from independent outfit The Colombian Company, with a branch of Bristol Loaf in the Beacon and much-loved Ka:Fei also nearby.

The ground floor of the Grade II-listed property, next to Boots and Geek Retreat, would be refitted but does not require approval for a change of use because it would remain in retail.

Cobra Coffee, trading as Starbucks, needs consent for three air conditioning condenser units on the roof and has commissioned a noise assessment which concludes the impact on the nearest residents, who include students living in flats above the shop, would be acceptable.

Planning documents say the proposed signage is different and more sensitive than the company’s standard frontages “in response to the heritage considerations associated with the listed building and conservation area status”.

Main photo: Martin Booth

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