The opening of two brand-new stores in Stoke-on-Trent for Costa Coffee and Greggs alongside the provision of six rapid charging EV points has moved a step closer as UK property business Godwin Developments announces it has reached practical completion of the prominently located scheme.
The development, which was fully pre-let in September, consists of an 1,800 sq. ft. drive thru unit for coffee operator Costa Coffee and a 1,162 sq. ft. unit, which will be occupied by national bakery chain Greggs. Located on Baths Road in Longton, off the busy A50 connecting Stoke-on-Trent and Uttoxeter, the scheme is surrounded by a mix of existing retail, fast food and grocery offerings. The site has daily passing traffic of more than 60,000 vehicles and with over 55,000 people also living within a 10-minute drive, it is ideally located for both local residents and commuters in the region.
Costa Coffee has already commenced the fit-out of their unit, with the first customers expected to be welcomed through the doors before Christmas and Greggs has also begun work to complete their store. The EV Network will also provide six fast-charge hubs, which will be operational in early 2022.
Ketan Patel, construction associate at Godwin Developments said: “We are extremely pleased to have reached this significant milestone at our Stoke-on-Trent development and are excited to see both Costa Coffee and Greggs progressing their fit outs at pace so that they can begin serving customers as soon as possible. Demand for food-to-go offerings nationwide has experienced a significant rise in recent months and we are delighted to once again be able to support our commercial partners in expanding their presence across the country.
“I’d like to express my appreciation to the on-site team from Intium Construction, who have worked quickly to complete the construction in just eight months despite industry-wide challenges. We look forward to seeing the units fully branded and open to the public soon.”
Susan Agnew, acquisition manager from Costa Coffee, added: “We are very pleased to have already started the fit-out of our new store in Stoke-on-Trent and look forward to welcoming customers in the coming days. I would like to extend our thanks to the highly proficient team at Godwin Developments for their support throughout the process to-date. This acquisition further consolidates Costa’s existing presence in this region, enabling us to continue our expansion of the nation’s favourite coffee shop.”
Francesca Michie, regional property manager at Greggs, commented: “We have ambitious expansion plans for the coming years and this development, with high traffic flow and a prominent location make it a great place for us to bring the nation’s favourite bakery products to new customers.”