New Blackpool Starbucks opens in South Shore but Nandos and Costa Coffee not ready yet

The transformation of a Blackpool supermarket car park into a new retail area has been completed.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 4:43 pm

Part of the Morrisons car park off Squires Gate Lane in South Shore has made way for the a new Nandos restaurant and a drive through Starbucks.

The 350sqm Nandos restaurant along with the Starbucks and another unnamed small shop, have been built between the existing supermarket petrol station and car wash and Squires Gate Lane which runs along the retail park.

Work began on the site in October 2019 and two new entrances from the car park onto Squires Gate Lane were created during the early stages of the development.

Work has not started on the Costa Coffee next to the Halfords at the retail park
Work has not started on the Costa Coffee next to the Halfords at the retail park

The Starbucks has now opened for customers however the Nandos and the other retail unit remain closed with no signage in place.

Morrisons submitted the application for the project back in 2018 and the plans proposed that more than 40 people could be employed across the development.

Around 50 car park spaces have made way for the retail units, which according to a design brief is an area which is hardly used by its customers for parking.

The Gazette contacted Nandos for details and a spokesman confirmed that the restaurant is due to open later this year but the company doesn't have an exact date currently.

Construction on the units started in 2019

Just a few months after construction started on the site, plans for another coffee retailer on the retail park were given the green light.

Blackpool Council bosses granted planning permission for a Costa Coffee shop to be built on the car park next to Halfords, on the adjacent side of the South Shore retail park.

However work has yet to begin on the coffee shop.

The proposed Nandos restaurant has no signage or a planned opening date
The Starbucks drive through in South Shore has opened to the public