Plans are in place for Starbucks to launch its first ever drive-through in Northern Ireland.

The global coffee chain have signed a deal with Connswater Shopping Centre to open a drive-through later this year.

The shopping centre has lost a few of its big tenants in recent years but the arrival of a 3,300 sq ft Starbucks along with a new and improved Lidl store is a welcome boost. And there’s further speculations that more big names are to follow.

Access to Connswater Shopping Centre & Retail Park is also to be improved as part of the city council’s Community Greenway project, due to be completed by January 2017.

Laura McCarthy, asset manager for Killultagh Estates, who own the shopping centre, said: “The decision by Starbucks to choose Connswater as its first location in Northern Ireland for a drive-through store demonstrates the confidence that retailers have in the scheme and its strategic location in east Belfast. We are also looking forward to the opening of Lidl’s new 23,000 sq ft expanded store early in the New Year.

“With such positive activity taking place we believe that now is the right time to invest in the wider project and to connect our Centre to the work that Belfast City Council is doing as part of the Connswater Community Greenway, with a new urban walk way and pedestrian crossing. We are always striving to improve the shopping experience for our customers and this project will play an important role in that.”

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