Coffee meets charity at Starbucks opening

Team members (green aprons) with (centre, left to right) Becki Saunders from Southern Co-op, store manager Greg Keleman, Mayoress Mrs Helen Foreman, Mayor of Reigate and Banstead Cllr Keith Foreman.

The new Starbucks store in Reigate’s High Street opened on Friday 7 February.

Operated as a franchise by Cobra Coffee (part of Southern Co-op), the store has created 12 new jobs.

The Mayor & Mayoress of Reigate & Banstead performed a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday 6 February.

A hamper of Starbucks products was raffled to raise money for the store’s chosen charity partner, Loveworks.

The Reigate-based charity helps to alleviate hunger, social isolation and loneliness, and provides confidence and resilience coaching.

The store has also been selling reusable cups in support of the charity, hand-painted with the theme “Reigate Stories” by youth members of Inner Art Tuition in Surrey and Sussex.

Greg Kelemen, Starbucks store manager, said last week: “We are so excited to open a new Starbucks store on Reigate High Street and look forward to welcoming local residents and visitors.

“Our store team is proud to support Loveworks in its important mission of providing vital help to those in need in the Reigate area.”

The new store, with hand-painted murals and free wifi, is at 27 High Street (where Carluccio’s used to before it closed in 2018).

Hours are 7am – 8pm Monday to Friday, and 8am – 7pm Saturday to Sunday.

Starbucks says its coffee is “99% ethically sourced and accredited by Conservation International under the C.A.F.E. Practices programme”.

There’s a 25p discount for customers who bring a reusable cup when purchasing a drink.

Starbucks says its stores try to build strong relationships with local communities through partnerships with local charities, community groups and residents.


Kate Curtis (end left) and Millie Gonsalves (end right) from Loveworks, with the Mayor of Reigate & Banstead Cllr Keith Foreman and Katie Hooper from Inner Art Tuition.
The store at 27 High Street