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Starbucks finally wins battle to open in Kentish Town

Coffee giants just need approval for new signs in Kentish Town Road

04 October, 2018 — By Richard Osley

The unit in Kentish Town Road which Starbucks have been trying to open in for two years

COFFEE giant Starbucks has moved a step closer to breaking into Kentish Town for the first time after unveiling plans to open a branch close to the tube station.

The company has been battling to get a shop open for more than two years after coming up against resistance from residents who say the area is already saturated with chains and places to buy hot drinks.

Starbucks has lined up the former Best One convenience store – which has stood empty for more than three years – for an outlet.

The Town Hall and a planning inspector blocked previous attempts to move into the unit. But while a raft of objections were filed against past planning applications, the company secured permission for its current proposal earlier this year without raising a single letter of objection.

The only warning came from the Kentish Town Road Action group who argued that “there must be no food cooked over a flame” at the store – a condition which would prevent a kebab shop-style takeaway opening on the parade.

Documents filed with Camden’s planning department now ask for permission for the company’s instantly recognisable green, two-tailed mermaid signs to be installed.

Chain shops Pret A Manger, Caffè Nero and Costa Coffee have all moved into a similar part of Kentish Town Road over the past half-decade.

Starbucks has always argued that there is demand for its hot drinks and that convert­ing the shop would revitalise the high street by bringing an empty unit back into use.

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