Tong Street, Bradford: Starbucks drive-thru to take over empty KFC unit in Yorkshire city

A former KFC drive-thru that has been empty since the start of the year will re-open as a Starbucks.

The takeaway at the Avenue Retail Park off Tong Street closed in January, with the multinational business saying its time at the location had “been a great run – but all good things come to an end”.

A planning application for the unit has now been submitted by a company called 23.5 degrees.

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The application is to change the opening times of the unit from 8am to midnight – first approved in 2005 – to new hours of 6am to 11pm.

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KFC on Tong Street

The application form says the original approved opening times “related to the use of the building as a KFC drive-thru with hot food takeaway”.

It adds: “Starbucks are now seeking to operate in this building and as such need earlier opening times, in turn, they will close earlier also.”

A decision on the application is expected next month.