Twenty jobs created as Westwood Starbucks opens for business

New Starbucks in Westwood Cross From Left: Sian Faulkner, Olivia Smart, Richard Reeves (Store Manager), Lauryn Marsh & Becky Penney. Picture: Andy Jones/Southern Co-op

A new Starbucks has opened today (June 22) in Westwood, creating 20 jobs.

The store, operated by Cobra Coffee, has two EV charging points, bicycle parking and will offer Too Good To Go – an app connecting customers to restaurants and stores that have unsold food surplus.

The store will also be offering 50 customers complimentary reusable cups every day for the first week of opening.

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Elizabeth Bone, District Manager for Cobra Coffee, said: “We are incredibly pleased to be able to offer new jobs to people in the local area and look forward to welcoming the local community.”

Starbucks continues to offer a 10 percent discount off their total bill to all emergency services, NHS, social care sector, Armed Forces, and veterans through its partnership with Blue Light Card.

Picture: Andy Jones/Southern Co-op

The store has a contemporary design, inside and outside seating and free wi-fi.

Customers can order via the Starbucks UK App, available for iPhone and Android and collect to takeaway.

There is also a Drive Thru lane. Delivery will also be fully available within the month via Uber Eats.

Starbucks says it is committed to 100% ethically sourced coffee in partnership with Conservation International. The cornerstone of its ethical sourcing approach to buying coffee is Coffee and Farmer Equity.

Picture: Andy Jones/Southern Co-op

Customers can get a 25p discount if they bring a reusable cup when purchasing a drink.

The new store is at New Cross Road, Westwood, and will be open from 6.30am to 7pm Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm Saturdays and 8am to 6pm Sundays.


  1. Just what Westwood needed-another coffee shop on top of the three already there & the restaurants who also serve it. Maybe they can open another Sainsbury’s next.

  2. It’s 20 jobs and I would wager that the business strategists Starbucks use to assess the feasibility of opening a new outlet are immeasurably more informed than a bunch of random whingers on the local news website.

    For once, just be grateful for some positive news to read !

  3. I have never understood this craze for needing a coffee as you drive.

    I can easily drive around thanet and not feel so desperate for a brew that I need a takeaway brew !

    Anyway pleased that it has given people jobs.

    • All the big coffee shops ( brands) are all about location before selling coffee.. it’s how their business model works ..

    • The logical conclusion from your post is that Manston airport needs to be converted into the world’s largest Wetherspoon . . .

      • Sort of.
        The hospitality industry has come on in leaps and bounds in Thanet in recent years, with visitor numbers on the increase.
        So indeed, job prospects are far, far brighter in hospitality than in aviation, as far as Thanet is concerned.

  4. Good luck to Starbucks and all the staff who are trying to earn an honest living by getting out of bed in the morning.
    There is going to be positive news about Manston airport shortly, you heard it here first.

    • “Positive news about Manston airport”- you mean, Shapps is finally going to refuse permission for it?

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