The region's newest Starbucks has opened at a busy retail park on the edge of Norwich.

It welcomed its first customers early this morning at Longwater Retail Park, in Costessey, and joins a range of other coffee shops and eateries including Costa, Greggs and McDonald's.

A Starbucks store has been earmarked for the area since late 2022 and workers broke ground on the site earlier this year, completing the project in time for summer. 

Norwich Evening News: The store opened at 6am todayThe store opened at 6am today (Image: Denise Bradley)

KBeveradge will be running the unit - next to Bannatyne Health Club in Ernest Gage Avenue - as a franchisee and has a drive-through alongside indoor seating and 30 parking spaces.

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A Starbucks spokesman said: "The store at Longwater has created 24 jobs for the local community and exclusively for the opening day the first 100 customers through the doors will receive Starbucks reusable cups."

Norwich Evening News: The new store has a drive-thru and 30 parking spacesThe new store has a drive-thru and 30 parking spaces (Image: Denise Bradley)

It will be open between 6am and 10pm every day.

Proposals for Starbucks and Burger King restaurants at Broadland Gate Business Park, in Postwick, have been recommended for approval by council officials. 

The vacant site in Maple Way would be fitted out with two new drive-through units, both including indoor and outdoor seating for dine-in customers.