A NEW Starbucks drive-thru is set to arrive in Oldbury.

Plans for a cafe and drive-thru at Oldbury Green Retail Park on Oldbury Ringway have been submitted to Sandwell Council.

Notes to planners say the restaurant would create 12 new jobs and would “represent a significant investment in the downtown area in the face of economic uncertainty resulting from the ongoing pandemic.”

Plans show it would take up part of the retail park car park, which already has Homebase, Poundland, Next, Shoezone, Pets at Home, Carpetright, Bargain Buys, The Food Warehouse, Smyths Toys, Costa, Greggs, Card Factory and Burger King.

If planners give it the green light, the Starbucks will occupy an area of ​​47 spaces in the parking lot.

Nine new spaces will be created, i.e. a loss of 38 spaces in the 451-space car park.

Eight additional blue badge spaces and eight additional parent and child spaces will be created in front of the main shops.

Notes to planners state “a new pedestrian crossing will be provided to allow safe access for pedestrians visiting the cafe when crossing the drive-thru lane”.

The commercial park car park. Photo: Google

They continue: “The building will provide a new frontage to Oldbury Ringway and enhance the character and appearance of this part of the site, which is currently dominated by the car park.

“The proposal forms part of an ongoing program of renovation and upgrades to ensure the continued vitality and viability of Oldbury Green Retail Park, which provides the main retail offering in Oldbury town centre.

“Hobart Activum acquired the retail park in 2021 and is committed to continuing the wave of investment in the site established by BlackRock in recent years which has introduced new operators to Oldbury including The Food Warehouse, Greggs, Card Factory and Burger King.”

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