Chain Store Starbucks Set to Open at Ashford Designer Outlet

Chain Store Starbucks Set to Open at Ashford Designer Outlet


News published on Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Food/Health

Ashford Designer Outlet would welcome a major global coffee chain later this year. Starbucks Coffee would be coming up with its new store at the place, which is undergoing several million pounds of renovation work currently.

 Starbucks is currently looking to hire baristas for its impending store. 

HMSHost UK, the global food-service firm, exclusively runs Starbucks Coffee and several other well-known brands in motorways and airways. The company’s official website’s careers section says that the company is truly stoked to launch a new Starbucks outlet in Designer Outlet later in 2019 and would like to see people join its team. 

The Massive Renovation Project

As aforementioned, the Ashford Designer Outlet is undergoing renovation and expansion that would cost approximately 90 million pounds. The existing centre is a 185,000 sq. ft. space that would be extended by another 100,000 sq. ft. after the renovation is complete. Ashford Designer Outlet is the world’s biggest tented retail structure. It was designed by Richard Rogers, a renowned architect who is known for his previous works, The O2 Arena and the Lloyd’s building. 

Having first opened in 2000, this renovation is the Outlet’s first. The plans for expanding the centre was first announced in 2014 and the planning approval for it was secured in September 2015. The renovated store is expected to bring in 50 brand-new luxury brands and create 500 jobs once the extension project is completed during autumn. New restaurants, a world-class kids’ play area, and a community area would be added too. 

New Outlet Highlights

The Garden-of-England themed playground would feature a seven-metre tall Robinia treehouse, climbing frames, a slide, and see-saws. Pret, another coffee shop, and YO! Sushi, a Japanese restaurant, opened recently at the mall. Five Guys is expected to make its presence felt too at the mall soon. 

The centre would also be hosting the largest living wall in Europe – a 1.5m pound plant installation would be the highlight of the expansion once it’s complete. On the lines of the Elwick Place leisure and cinema complex, Ashford College, and the original Commercial Quarter phase, expansion of Designer Outlet would play a big role in how the area’s fortunes change. 

No Official Announcement Yet

Starbucks is yet to officially comment on the matter. The legendary American coffee brand’s spokesman said that the hunt for new opportunities and locations is always on in the UK so that more people in the country can have the Starbucks experience, but there are no concrete plans related to the region to share yet.

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