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Starbucks franchise opens new Scottish location bringing 20 jobs



A Starbucks franchise business has opened a new drive-thru and café in Glasgow, adding to its growing portfolio of locations throughout Scotland.

Glasgow-based OCO Westend, one of Starbucks’ longest licensed partners in the UK, opened its new store in Polmadie last month, creating 20 new jobs for the area.

The new site follows openings in Inverness, Rutherglen, Paisley and Hillington since August 2020, with these stores generating a total of 105 new jobs.

The new opening was supported by funding from HSBC, covering the construction and fit-out costs.

OCO Westend also plans to open two further stores later this year, with more planned for 2022 and beyond.

The new Starbucks in Polmadie forms part of a new services destination for the area at the M74 Junction, which includes storage and business units, a petrol station, alongside a new electric vehicle supercharging station installed by Ionity.

JJ O’Hara, managing director, OCO Westend said: “We’re thrilled to be able to open our new Polmadie drive-thru location, hot on the heels of our new stores in Inverness and Rutherglen.

“HSBC UK has supported us for the past eight years since we opened our first store on Dumfries High Street in 2013. Since then, the bank’s franchise expertise has enabled us to build a sustainable and successful business across Scotland.”

Recent growth means OCO Westend now employs 273 people across 13 stores in Scotland.

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