AN INTERNATIONAL coffee shop chain’s much-heralded opening of a drive-thru store in Hartlebury has been delayed.

Starbucks told the Shuttle that the new facility on the A449 Crown Lane would open today (March 9) with a host of offers for customers during its opening weekend.

But work is still being carried out at the store and the company has had to put back its grand opening for a date yet to be announced.

A spokesman said: “We're sorry the Starbucks Hartlebury Drive Thru store opening has taken a little longer than expected.

“We’re now putting the final touches to the new store and look forward to opening our doors very soon.”

When it does finally open, the investment will see the creation of 15 new jobs. It will be open from 6am to 8pm Monday to Fridays, 7am to 8pm on Saturdays and 8am to 8pm on Sundays.