A FORMER KFC drive-thru that has been empty since the start of the year is set to re-open as a Starbucks.

The takeaway, at the Avenue Retail Park off Tong Street, closed in January.

The multinational business said 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.

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.

The drive thru at the former KFC unit off Tong StreetThe drive-thru at the former KFC unit off Tong Street (Image: T&A)

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.