New Costa Coffee planned for former Pizza Hut site in Stoke-on-Trent

Plans have been submitted for a new Costa Coffee store in Stoke-on-Trent.

Property developer Godwin Developments has signed a long-term lease agreement with the coffee giant for the former Pizza Hut site in Longton.

Godwin Developments acquired the 0.66-acre site, off Baths Road, following the closure of Pizza Hut in 2019.

Now plans have been submitted to demolish the existing building and rebuild a 1,800 sq ft drive thru for Costa Coffee and a similar 1,100 sq ft unit which will be made available to other potential occupiers.

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The existing entrance will be retained as part of the development which will boast 41 parking spaces.

Stuart Pratt, group development director for Godwin Developments said: “We are really pleased to have submitted a planning application for this high traffic location and also secured a long-term lease with Costa Coffee.

“We recognised the site’s great development potential from the outset – it has a busy and highly visible retail setting in Stoke-on-Trent – and based on our previous experience with similar operators, we were able to design the site to accommodate Costa’s preferred drive thru unit layout.

“I would like to thank the team at Costa Coffee for their support to-date and we look forward working closely with local planners to deliver the next phase of this new development.”

Susan Agnew, acquisition manager from Costa Coffee said: “We are very excited to have secured this prominent site for our newest drive thru store in Stoke-on-Trent, which will grow and complement our existing presence in the city and the wider West Midlands area.

“It is a superb high-traffic location and we look forward to progressing the scheme with Godwin Developments in the very near future.”