The first 50 people to come to a big-brand coffee shop were in for a treat when it officially opened on Friday.

The Starbucks coffee shop is part of the redevelopment of the former House of Fraser known as Foundation.

Overlooking the Stamford Quarter from a prime position on Stamford Square, where there is an alfresco area, it is well-placed to attract the attention of visitors to the town centre.

The first 50 people to come to the big-brand coffee shop were in for a treat in the form of freebie-filled goodie bag when it officially opened following a one-month postponement.

Messenger Newspapers: Altrincham's Starbucks

Bruntwood's Head of Retail, James Tootle, said: "We are delighted Starbucks is open in the Stamford Quarter. It is great to see brands like Starbucks invest in our vision for the town centre."

A spokesperson for Trafford Council said: "We are delighted another retailer is open in the Foundation building. Trafford Council is working with Bruntwood to transform the Foundation building and it is committed to updating town centres across the borough."

The Starbucks coffee shop is creating almost a dozen jobs. It is working with the homelessness charity Only A Pavement Away to fill some of the jobs with those who are facing homelessness.

It is to be joined by a number of other businesses on the upper ground floor as soon as possible and it is to be joined a Lane7 bowling alley on the lower ground floor in the summer.

Messenger Newspapers: The exterior of Foundation

The other floors at the site are set aside for offices, including that of the sports marketing agency SPORTFIVE.

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