A NEW Starbucks Drive Thru and café has opened at Merry Hill, creating 20 new jobs.

Located on a former car park near to the old Debenhams store, the new Starbucks opened to customers today (Thursday September 2) and to celebrate the opening the coffee chain was offering gift bags to the first 100 customers and an exclusive hamper of goodies to every 50th customer served on opening day.

A coffee tasting and food pairing session was also being laid on until 4pm on opening day and a visit from Snow White and local theatre group Once Upon a Time UK due to take place between midday and 2.30pm.

Mark Goule, Merry Hill store manager, said: “We are excited to open our new store in Merry Hill and become a part of the local community."


The new Starbucks Drive Thru at Merry Hill

The new Starbucks Drive Thru at Merry Hill

Pumpkin Spice Latte fans will be able to get their hands on the popular seasonal drink from today (Thursday September 2) at the new store, off Central Way, which has free wi-fi and which will be open from 6am to 10pm daily.

Meanwhile, Starbucks is offering a 25p discount to all customers who bring a reusable cup when buying a drink.

The team at the new coffee shop will also be accepting school uniform donations in store throughout September, which will be distributed to schools nearby.

Jonathan Poole, centre manager at Merry Hill, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Starbucks Drive Thru concept at Merry Hill, and it’s great to see that supporting the local community will be a huge focus as well.

“Following an influx of more than 10 new store openings in 2021, the arrival of Starbucks latest Drive Thru underpins our performance and resilience this year, as we continue to invest in the centre and attract the very best brands for our visitors to enjoy.

“Looking ahead, we will be sharing even more exciting news with our visitors soon, and with the multi-million-pound investment transformation of the centre exterior due to be completed soon, the future continues to look bright for Merry Hill.”