WIGAN is clearly the creme for cafe society.
Less than five years ago the choice seemed strictly Typhoo, steamed up windows and sausage butties with “red or brown?”
But the opening of the Grand Arcade triggered a burst of coffee bar high street names moving into the town centre bringing a welcome boost to pavement life and people gazing over a skinny latte or demon triple espresso.
Now, we can reveal, one of the most successful brands, Starbucks, is part of a new bid to open at an out of town site that would see complete redevelopment and expansion at a busy current filling station site.
Euro Garages - part of the BP group - want to redevelop Scot Lane Service Station in Marsh Green.
Plans yet to be seen by councillors show relocated filling stations pumps and canopy plus a new convenience store and a Starbucks restaurant / coffee bar with a drive through facility.
The site will also include new landscaping to protect potential alfresco dining areas.
Euro Garages and Starbucks - which already has premises in Market Place - declined to comment.
A spokesman for the council, confirming the planning application, was unable to say which committee cycle it would fall under for eventual decision by councillors.
A spokesman said: “The application is still out to consultation.
“There has been no decision yet as it is still being discussed and may not go to committee, depending on whether it is eventually delegated for a decision by officers or for the planning committee.”
Starbucks opened their first coffee bar in 1971 and today the Seattle based company have more than 15,000 in 50 countries around the globe. The company’s swashbuckling name evokes the seafaring tradition of early coffee traders.