It’s official: Stirling finally has its own Starbucks café and drive-through.
Located off the A84 Drip Road roundabout near Forth Valley College, the coffee chain’s Stirling branch opened its doors for the first time this morning (Friday).
Despite rising coronavirus fears, this morning saw a steady stream of both drive-through and seated customers.
The store is now open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. with all of your classic Starbucks favourites on offer.
As well as coffee, the store also offers a selection of pastries, sandwiches and merchandise, perfect for a last-minute Christmas gift.
The new building is beautifully furnished with ample seating, great for studying.
Store manager Niven McMaster said: “I’m really hoping that the new store will be able to become a great part of the community.”
Even with seven years of coffee industry experience under his belt, McMaster said getting the new store ready was “a wild journey” but that “the excitement is so real”.
The staff are welcoming and friendly. Many of them are students from the university.
McMaster says to keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for future job opportunities and events, as he would be “so welcome” to hire more students.
Stirling has no shortage of brilliant independent coffee shops, which are much loved by students and locals alike. It will be interesting to see how the new store will fit in around the city, but only time can tell.
Due to its location, the coffee shop will most likely be popular with commuters and college students.
It is quite a trek if you stay in the city centre (at least half an hour walking), but it’s definitely worth it if you’re a diehard Starbucks fan.
Feature image credit: Freya Deyell.