The Starbucks name is set to return to Reigate, with a planning application submitted for the vacant Carluccio’s restaurant at 74-76 High Street.
The application to display Starbucks signage is in the name of Cobra Coffee, a company that is now part of the Southern Co-op and which runs a number of franchised Starbucks outlets in the South East.
It’s not clear when any opening date would be. A spokesperson for Starbucks said earlier this week that the company had no news to share about plans in Reigate, while a spokesperson for Southern Co-op said to go with what Starbucks had said.
The signage application is currently being considered by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council. The council’s conservation officer has asked for some changes to be made, including how signs are lit. (Such feedback isn’t unusual on applications in the Reigate town centre conservation area.)
A job advert has also been published for a store manager.
There was a Starbucks in Reigate up until around six years ago, on the other side of the High Street at no. 51A (where Paperchase currently sits). It’s not known whether that was a company-operated or franchise outlet.