Customers may be able to pick up their morning coffee earlier than expected, as Starbucks appears to have brought forward its Watford location launch.

Part of the former Chiquito’s unit at Woodside Leisure Park, off the A405, is set to be turned into a Starbucks while the larger part will become a Nando’s.

Although Nando’s has only confirmed that it will be opening some time this year, Starbucks had announced that it hoped to open in “late summer 2024” once its planning application for the redesigned storefront had been approved in January.

It has now provided a more precise expected opening date indicating that things are progressing ahead of schedule.

A spokesperson for the franchisee, Cobra Coffee, told the Watford Observer that it still cannot provide an exact opening date but now plans to open “at the end of June”.

Chiquito closed in Watford in 2020 before a planning application to divide the unit into two was submitted in May last year.

Wagamama has also confirmed it will be opening a new location in Watford, which plans indicate will also be in Woodside Leisure centre. No opening date has been confirmed.