Worldwide coffee giant Starbucks is looking to open a shop in Newmarket High Street.
The chain, which has more than 17,000 shops in 50 countries, wants to take over the premises at 61 High Street, formerly occupied by Premier Travel, which have been empty for more than a year.
The company’s agent, Architecture Design Limited, has submitted a planning application for a change of use of the premises to allow its use as a cafe, but also where customers can buy drinks to take way as well as other coffee-related items.
“The opening times proposed within the application are such that there will ne no late night activity either, ensuring no detriment to the local amenity,” said the planning statement.
It added: “The introduction of such a branded coffee shop as Starbucks as proposed under this application will generate an improvement to the vitality and viability of the High Street.”
If the change of use application is approved, Starbucks, which is named after the first mate in Herman Melville’s novel, Moby Dick, will make a separate application for a new shop front and signage which could be subject to scrutiny under the council’s shop front policy. The plans are yet to be heard by the council.