Further evidence of the continuing health of Darlington town centre comes with news that another well-regarded company is looking to move into town. Along with nail and juice bars, coffee houses seem to have typified new trends in the early 21st century High Street. A prospective new entrant is Starbucks, who have just submitted a change-of-use application to trade from Nos. 2 & 4 Queen's Arcade (what was the always over-priced Bakers Oven).
I've liked Starbucks when I've used them elsewhere. They have a decent record on ethics, promoting at least one Fairtrade coffee, and serving in cups made from recycled material. There's more here.
It was also good to read that there's a planning application to turn the old cafe at 6 Bakehouse Hill (opposite the Dolphin Centre) into a pub/restaurant. Anyone wanting more details on either scheme can contact planning officer Lisa Hutchinson on 388588. The plans can be viewed at the Town Hall too - the Starbucks application is under 07/00279/CU and Bakehouse Hill under 07/00311/CU.