A NEW Starbucks is set to open in the Wokingham town centre this week.

On Friday, September 18, the coffee shop will open its doors, creating new job spaces in the area and providing the first 100 customers with a free reuseable cup.

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Phil Parkin, Senior Project Designer at Starbucks said: “My job at Starbucks is to oversee store designs across the Middle East, however, I was recently given the opportunity to work on a project a little closer to home!

"Having gone to the Forest School in Winnersh, I could not miss out on the opportunity to design my local Starbucks store. To reflect the store’s location overlooking the park, I used bold colours and botanical artwork that celebrates both the Old Elms Field Park – where I have many fond memories as a child – and the fantastic green spaces that are part of Wokingham’s recent regeneration.

"I hope my family and friends will enjoy the store for many years to come.”

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Wokingham borough Mayor Cllr Malcolm Richards attended the new store prior to its opening and met the store's partners.

Cllr Malcolm Richards, Wokingham Borough Mayor, said: “Starbucks are a fantastic brand and the perfect fit for Elms Field where people can enjoy the wonderful new store or sit outside and relax in the park and play area with a delicious drink.”

The new store will be located at unit 7a Elms Walk, Wokingham, and is open from 7:00am until 6:00pm, Monday – Saturday, and 8:00am until 6:00pm Sunday.

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Rebecca Brown, Store Manager, said: “We are so excited to open our new store and the team are closely following guidance from both Government and health authorities to keep everyone safe in store.

"We can’t wait to start welcoming new faces over the next few weeks.”