A £1m investment in Durham’s motorway service area facilities by Roadchef has seen the company open its first standalone Costa Coffee Drive Thru.
Additional investment has also been spent on a full rebuild for the existing Costa Coffee in Roadchef’s Durham services, as well as the introduction of the first McDonald’s Drive Thru on the motorway network.
In line with government guidelines, the Costa Coffee Drive Thru – which is located at the Integra 61 development just opposite the main services site – will be open for takeaway only while Durham remains in Tier 3.
Mark Fox, CEO of Roadchef, said: “We have a real confidence the Durham area following our successful launch of the UK’s first and only McDonald’s Drive Thru on the motorway here. Integra 61 is an exciting new development to be a part of, and Costa Coffee is an ever-popular brand, so we are delighted to work with them to develop our first stand-alone Costa Coffee Drive-Thru unit.”
Integra 61 is the largest logistics and manufacturing opportunity in the North East, located on a 205 acre site at J61 of the A1.
The £300m development will include a sustainable mix of uses including industrial and logistics space, new homes, a care home, car showrooms, restaurants and a 70-bed hotel.
A Costa Coffee spokesperson said: “As well as creating 15 new jobs, the Drive-Thru will give customers the opportunity to purchase one of our signature, handcrafted coffees easily and conveniently whilst on the move. The safety of our team members and customers is our number one priority and we will be opening in line with government guidelines.
“The Drive-Thru lane includes a bespoke serving hatch to support social distancing and we have enhanced hygiene measures in place to help serve customers as safely as possible.”