Chinese supermarket unveils plans for drive-thru coffee shop

November 5, 2018

Plans have been unveiled to build a drive-thru coffee shop on the car park of a Chinese supermarket.

The Second Cup franchise is hoping to transform the car park for Cheerful Links supermarket, on Victoria Road, Fenton, into a drive-thru coffee shop with additional office space.

The Second Cup franchise will be owned by the same people who own Cheerful Links.

Second Cup Coffee Company already has four locations in the UK – Swindon, Birmingham, Southampton and Cardiff.

Company secretary for Cheerful Links, Sally Lin, of Stone, said: “At the moment there’s only a McDonald’s on Victoria Road, so there’s a lack of coffee shops. The director of Cheerful Links will own the franchise. So, it costs next to nothing to be on the car park.

“We need a decent restaurant and coffee shop, there’s a lack of choice in this area. It will serve sandwiches and will be similar to Starbucks and Costa. People from all around will come here to get a decent cup of coffee. At the moment we have to go to Hanley or Wolstanton. We are in the process of getting planning permission.”

The new development would consist of a drive-thru coffee shop with additional office space on the first floor. There will be an outdoor seating area and the car park will be upgraded.

But neighbouring businesses on Victoria Road have expressed concerns about the impact of the drive-thru on customer parking.

Stephen Gray, owner of Grays of Fenton, is opposed to the plans.

The 62-year-old, from Longton, said: “If the drive-thru is on the car park, then Cheerful Links’ customers will have nowhere to park, so they will park outside on my forecourt. We don’t mind having a coffee shop, but it could get impractical. On the deeds for the Cheerful Links’ car park it says that I have car park spaces on there.

“It’s also got an office with 11 staff who will have cars so where will they park? Cheerful Links’ customers already park on our forecourt, so it’s already tense, we don’t want any more problems.”

And Alan Mason, who owns Masons Right Price Carpets and Beds, is also unhappy with the proposals.

The 45-year-old, from Stafford, said: “I’ve got two car park spaces outside and on the deeds, it says I’m supposed to have two car park spaces on the Cheerful Links car park. If the drive-thru is on the car park, then people going to Cheerful Links will park outside my business and outside Gray’s and the Pet shop.

“In my opinion, it is the busiest road in Stoke-on-Trent and it will affect my car parking. I would be concerned for the car parks as all of the Cheerful Links’ customers will be looking for spaces and it’s busy enough anyway.”

Source: Stoke Sentinel