Northampton entertainment store staff fear redundancy after learning Starbucks is coming to Market Square

Artists' impressions of the proposed Starbucks in Market Square, Northampton, have been revealed in a planning application submitted to Northampton Borough Council.

Artists' impressions of the proposed Starbucks in Market Square, Northampton, have been revealed in a planning application submitted to Northampton Borough Council.

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The manager of a Northampton entertainment store set to make way for a Starbucks says staff there have been left in limbo by the coffee giants’ planning application.

Last week it was revealed local franchisee Nadim Choudary was hoping to open a branch of the major US chain at 28 Market Square in the town centre - currently the home of the popular That’s Entertainment CD and DVD store.

But the store manager there Simon Kendall, claims though staff were aware Starbucks was considering a move into the large three storey building it occupies, the recently submitted planning application for it has taken staff by surprise.

He said: “We are on a rolling lease here now and we are just waiting to be kicked out.

“There are nine of us here and we are all concerned because there is a huge chance we could all be made redundant.”

The That’s Entertainment store, which specialises in selling older albums, DVDs from warehouse clearances and second hand collections, moved from Abington Street to Market Square in March last year.

Mr Kendall said the store had been doing well and says the company, which has around 30 outlets in the UK, is looking for other venues in Northampton.

He said: “I know the company is looking at units around town, but that move will be all down to our retail manager. We have our fingers crossed but, we just don’t know.

“As the Starbucks doesn’t have planning permission yet the company doesn’t want to vacate the premises before then.”

Mr Kendall added that several customers had expressed disappointment the store could be moving.

“At least four or five customers have mentioned it today alone,” he said. “People do enjoy coming here.”