A new drive-thru Costa Coffee with 15 new jobs is set to be open next spring with works starting on site in a matter of weeks, bosses at the chain have revealed.

The coffee chain is opening the new business at Basildon’s Festival Leisure Park but bosses are keeping tight-lipped over the cost, with bosses saying it’s a “significant investment.”

It’s part of a big chance for the leisure park with plans also agreed for a new Wendy’s, American burger eatery and Slim Chickens, fast food chicken eatery.

Wendy’s and Costa Coffee have both been given the green light by the council to build drive-thru businesses on the leisure park’s car park near the Pizza Hut.

A spokesman for Costa Coffee said: “We are aiming for about Easter 2025 for the opening and the work is due to start on site around August 2024. It is significant investment within the Town and we will create about 15 jobs at the site.”

The park already has food giants Wagamama, Five Guys, Pizza Express, McDonald’s and Nando’s and many more.

Adele Brown, cabinet member for planning and infrastructure welcomed the news.

The deputy leader of the Basildon Labour party and deputy leader of the council, said: “Quite clearly the Festival Leisure Park is key to the leisure and food offering in Basildon for our residents and visitors too and it does have a great offering too.

“It’s also adds to the employment offering in the borough and I am not surprised to see this investment in the area and town.

“As we continue to develop Basildon, we want to be an attractive place to live and for businesses too so that we can continue to build on our economic success.”

Some parking spaces will be removed as a result of the new units. The plans say 98 spaces will be removed, but 64 spaces will be retained in the area where the new units will be built.