One of the largest Starbucks in the UK and a new pan-Asian restaurant are to open in prominent buildings in Northampton, town leaders were expected to reveal today.
Three major new announcements were due to be made at the Guildhall at 8.30am today (Thursday) as part of the Northampton Alive programme.
Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Councillor David Mackintosh (Con, Rectory Farm) was due to lift the lid on plans by coffee-house chain Starbucks to open a new outlet in a ‘landmark building’ in
the town centre.
He will also announce plans for pan-Asian restaurant chain, Cosmo, to take up premises on the Market Square and reveal proposals to create a free wi-fi internet zone along Abington Street.
Councillor Mackintosh said: “New projects continue to be added to the programme as the success of our many regeneration schemes breed more success and encourage more businesses to choose Northampton as a place to grow.
“Only recently, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and Secretary of State for Communities, Eric Pickles, visited Northampton and praised the public-private partnership that has made this transformational change happen.”
While Northampton Borough Council is currently remaining tight-lipped about which ‘landmark building’ Starbucks will take over, the authority has revealed the coffee house could be open by summer.
A spokesman for the council said it would be ‘one of the largest Starbucks stores in the country’ adding that the Seattle-based company also planned to open eight more outlets at ‘various locations across Northampton’.
The Cosmo restaurant is to be located in the former Balestra nightclub on the Market Square, which closed in 2013 and was initially put on the market for £1.1 million. The new 350-seat venue would offer pan-Asian and global food and could be open by 2016. Both schemes would rely on successful planning applications. The free wi-fi scheme is to be offered along the length of Abington Street from the end of this month.
More than 100 business representatives from across the town were expected to attend the Northampton Alive meeting at the Guildhall today.
A mentoring service is due to be offered to recipients of Northampton’s Business Incentive Scheme.
During the Northampton Alive meeting at the Guildhall today, leader of the borough council, Councillor David Mackintosh (Con, Rectory Farm) was expected to reveal that the scheme, launched by the authority in 2014 to offer grants to independent firms, had seen 53 businesses benefit from £466,000 of grant funding so far, with 205 jobs created. He was due to say that a new ‘mentoring scheme’ would also be launched which would see ‘business experts’ working with each of the recipients of a grant to ensure they ‘flourish’.
The council said Northampton Alive projects had delivered 1,000 jobs in the Northampton Waterside Enterprise zone since 2011.