The Blackburn billionaires have been granted planning permission to build their latest venture in the car park of the Asda store
Zuber and Mohsin Issa
The Issa Brothers will build a new drive-through Starbucks coffee shop in Preston.
The Blackburn billionaires have been granted planning permission to build their latest venture in the car park of the Asda store in Fulwood. The Pittman Way supermarket already has a McDonald’s restaurant inside and the drive-through car park will be built in the car park.
The development is among similar ones planned by the Issa-owned EG Group which bought Asda in 2021. It has continued to embark on a major expansion with one strategy to build coffee shops on underused land it now owns.
Planning permission for the Fulwood Starbucks has been approved by Preston City Council and will see the shop built on space in the south-western corner of the car park, in a section that sits adjacent to woodland. A total of 74 parking spaces will be lost for the development but more than 600 will remain available.
According to the application, a total of 20 new jobs will be created at the coffee shop which will have space for 34 people inside as well as the drive-through option. Its approved opening hours are 7am-11pm each day.
Earlier this week, Asda announced a a 10% pay increase for its hourly-paid store workers, with rates rising to £11 an hour from April and £11.11 from July. The company said it is investing a record £141 million this year to boost hourly pay rates for more than 115,000 staff who work across its 633 stores.
This follows an 8% pay increase for hourly-paid retail workers during 2022. In addition, all eligible hourly-paid store staff who have been with Asda for more than three months will receive a bonus payment for 2022.
Mohsin Issa, Asda’s co-owner, said: “We appreciate the great job that our store colleagues do representing Asda while serving customers day in and day out. We know that rising living costs are affecting customers and colleagues alike and recognise we have a responsibility to support them during these challenging times.
“This is why we have made a record investment of £141 million to increase pay for retail colleagues by 10% this year.”
- 05:55, 22 FEB 2023