THE first customers will be able to enjoy a drink and a snack at Taunton's newest café "in the near future".

Starbucks has confirmed that it will shortly open a drive thru' coffee shop on the edge of the county town.

Building work on the facility on the Deane Retail Park at Hankridge, near the M5, is almost complete.

A spokesperson for Starbucks told the County Gazette: "We look forward to bringing the Starbucks Experience to customers in Taunton in the near future and will be in touch once we have more specific plans to share."

The premises is in the car park outside Halfords.

The outlet will be accessible by cars driving through, as well as via footpaths around the retail site. It will also feature bike stands.

The development comes after the town centre branch of Starbucks, behind the Market House in Taunton, closed in June 2020.

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