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Drive-through Costa Coffee to go ahead in Glasgow

A Costa Coffee franchise in Glasgow is going ahead with plans to open a drive-through after securing additional funds.

Coffeepots – which runs the franchise – had planned to open the first drive-through coffee shop in Cumbernauld but it feared its plans might not go ahead due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the business is now going ahead with its expansion plans after securing a £600,000 loan through the government-backed Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). The loan was agreed through HSBC UK.

The money will be used not only to allow the franchise to open its drive-through site but also to support its 13 café’s across Scotland’s central belt. All 13 of the sites were forces to close for four months during the pandemic.

Pat Dunese, co-director at Coffeepots, said: “Our plans for growth were put on hold when Covid-19 hit as our income suddenly ground to a halt, but the support from HSBC UK has provided us with much-needed cashflow during this time, helping us continue paying our overheads and progressing plans to open new sites in Scotland.”

The drive-through is now expected to open in early 2021 and will create 25 jobs in the area.

Pat and his business partner Colin Wilson are now eyeing further expansion, including plans to open another drive-through Costa Coffee in Peterhead in spring next year.

Grant Bett, Relationship Director at HSBC UK, said: “The hospitality industry was hit hard during lockdown and we’re pleased to have been able to help Coffeepots look to the future again as it re-embarks on its plans for growth. We’re committed to supporting UK businesses during this period of uncertainty.”

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