UPDATED: Starbucks Wittering opens its doors
The new Starbucks store on the A1 near Wittering has officially opened its doors.
Rutland Radio's Rob Persani cut a ribbon to mark the opening shortly after 11am on Friday, August 3.
Store manager Kirstie Chapman said there had been a steady flow of customers through the doors since 7am.
"It's gone well so far," she said.
"We're still new and need to get our name on the map but we're in a really good location."
The new store, which is run in partnership with 23.5 Degrees and features a 'drive thru', employs 14 people from the surrounding communities.
The first 10 customers each day, for the first seven days, will receive a free re-usable cup.
A 'guess how many coffee beans in the jar' competition at 50p per go also took place with proceeds going to the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity.
A hamper full of Starbucks goodies such as coffee, snacks, merchandise and vouchers will go to the winner.
Judy Sewell, a volunteer trainer for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, said the organisation was totally reliant on donations and did not receive any government funding.
Judy said that not only did the dogs play a vital role in alerting hearing impaired people to various sounds, they were also good companionship and gave confidence to deaf people to get out more.
"The dogs are trained to react and alert their owner to different noises such as a doorbell, cooker timer, smoke alarm and alarm clock," said Judy.
"There's a very big demand for them with a two to three year waiting list and the training costs are high.
"But a hearing dog can help bring a deaf person into the speaking world."
To make a donation, visit www.hearingdogs.org