The long-speculated location of one of the UK’s biggest Starbucks set to open in Northampton has been revealed in a planning application to the council.
The 122-seater coffee house is being earmarked for the current Market Square building occupied by CD and DVD store That’s Entertainment.
The application submitted to the council last week has also revealed the franchisee for the scheme is Nadim Choudary, son of former Conservative borough Councillor Iftikhar Choudary and brother of Labour councillor Nazir.
Nadim Choudary, said: “It’s a great location, we couldn’t have got a better place.
“Everybody is very excited about it.
“A lot of people have gone onto social media saying they are going to be in there every day.”
The Choudary family are no strangers to the franchise market, having opened 14 Pizza Hut restaurants.
Nadim said that the market Square Starbucks, which, if approved, would feature an outdoor seating area and two floors of seating, could be the first of 25 the family hope to opening the county over the next five years.
Nine of those, he said, are already “in the pipeline,” though he would not confirm their locations.
However the scheme has drawn criticism from bosses of That’s Entertainment, which have claimed they were not informed their store was in the process of being replaced by a coffee house.
Mr Choudary said the current That’s Entertainment staff would be welcome to apply for one of 25 new jobs created by the Starbucks.
He said: “We have an open selection policy, so anyone from any background can apply.”
The Market Square That’s Entertainment branch has been contacted for comment.
A Starbucks spokesperson, said: “We are excited to confirm that we will be opening a Starbucks store at Market Square, Northampton.
“We are currently in the early stages of the planning process. Our aim is to open in late November with the creation of up to 25 new jobs for the local economy.
“Recruitment for these positions will begin in the coming months and we welcome all applicants.“