Work is progressing at pace to construct a new restaurant and drive-thru coffee shop at a long-vacant site in Cumbernauld.
The under-construction buildings at Central Way are to house branches of Costa Coffee – which is set to open in August – and Italian restaurant, Tony Macaroni.
Costa is being built to the south of the site, while the two-storey restaurant building is closest to St Mungo’s Road; and 44 parking spaces will be provided for customers at the two businesses.
The land was previously occupied by a service station, described in a North Lanarkshire Council planning report as having been “operational 20 years ago”.
A spokesperson for Costa Coffee told Lanarkshire Live: “We can confirm the opening of brand new drive-thru store in Central Way, Cumbernauld.
“Unfortunately, we are unable to provide further information at this stage.”
The unit will be run by franchisees, Coffee Pots Ltd, and will create 25 jobs upon opening.
An additional advertising application currently being considered by the council illustrates the building signage to be put in place at the new Costa building.
Its site plans indicate an adjacent building labelled as ‘Tony Macaroni,’ while illustrations of an 8m double-sided sign which also forms part of the current application show the Costa logo plus space for the restaurant’s branding.
While the current plans gained consent three years ago, the first approved application for a restaurant on the site dates back a decade.
Granting permission in 2018, planners said: “This proposal seeks to bring back into use a town-centre site which has been vacant for some time; use of an existing vacant site at this prominent location within Cumbernauld town centre would result in an improvement to the visual amenity.
“The proposed buildings are in keeping with and complement the more modern additions to this area of the town centre such as the Greggs, Subway, Dominos and Burger King buildings.”