Starbucks tests Stroud's fighting spirit with plans to open a branch

Starbucks tests Stroud’s fighting spirit with plans to open a branch in the picturesque Cotswolds town

  • Stroud is where the activism group Extinction Rebellion was founded 
  • More than 3,300 have signed a petition to block plans for the Starbucks 
  • Chloe Fairbrother said the chain would corrode the town’s ‘independent spirit 
  • The town is home to Britain’s first organic coffee shop called Woodruffs 

It’s the home of Extinction Rebellion and Britain’s first organic coffee shop – so it’s no surprise that opening a Starbucks in Stroud would spark a backlash.  

More than 3,300 people have signed a petition to block plans for the coffee chain’s outlet in a former pharmacy.

Chloe Fairbrother, who started the petition, said the move would have ‘a negative impact on all independent cafe owners’ and corrode the Gloucestershire town’s ‘independent spirit.’ 

Dransfield Properties said the site had been vacant for two years.

It’s the home of Extinction Rebellion and Britain’s first organic coffee shop – so it’s no surprise that opening a Starbucks in Stroud would spark a backlash (stock image)

Whereas opposition has started with a petition, the track record of many Stroud residents as members of climate protest group Extinction Rebellion could well see more direct action against the proposed coffee shop.

Dransfield Properties said it has signed a deal with Starbucks after failing to find a pharmacy willing to take on the empty 1450sq ft unit on the high street for the past two years.

The town is also home to Britain’s first organic coffee shop, Woodruffs, which opened in 1998.

The development of the new Starbucks franchise is set to begin in October.

More than 3,300 people have signed a petition to block plans for the coffee chain’s outlet in a former pharmacy (stock image)

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