Starbucks to open first NI drive-through in Belfast

Ryan Kee, director of retail agency at Lambert Smith Hampton, and Gerry Monaghan, manager of Connswater Shopping Centre and Retail Park, celebrate the Starbucks development
Ryan Kee, director of retail agency at Lambert Smith Hampton, and Gerry Monaghan, manager of Connswater Shopping Centre and Retail Park, celebrate the Starbucks development

Giant coffee house chain Starbucks is to open its first Northern Ireland drive-through store at Connswater retail park in east Belfast.

Starbucks has confirmed that it will open the 3,300 sq ft store in the retail park before the end of this year.

Construction is expected to begin in early October, subject to planning permission approval.

The news comes as the retail scheme’s owners Killultagh Estates confirmed that it also intends to invest £200,000 in a transformational landscaping project for the retail park and shopping centre.

The landscaping project, which is also subject to planning approval, is due to be completed by January 2017 – which is also the date for the opening of retailer Lidl’s multi-million pound expansion at its store in Connswater.

Negotiations are also at an advanced stage for a number of other well-known retailers for positions in the scheme.