The brand new Starbucks at Atlantic Park in Bideford opened today with festive choir tunes and a red ribbon cut by the mayor.

Bideford has welcomed the first Starbucks in North Devon as it opened its doors today.

The coffee shop has opened at Atlantic Park in Clovelly Road, with the creation of 12 jobs.

The opening of Starbucks in Bideford today (Monday).The opening of Starbucks in Bideford today (Monday).

Bideford mayor David Howell, accompanied by mayoress Louise, cut the red ribbon at the store this afternoon.

The ribbon cutting took place to the tunes of local choir Ploughcapella, from Torrington, raising money for North Devon Hospice.

The opening of Starbucks in Bideford today (Monday).The opening of Starbucks in Bideford today (Monday).

Cllr Howell said: "I think it's fantastic; it's wonderful Starbucks has chosen Bideford for their first North Devon coffee shop.

"This and the other stores here at Atlantic Park are giving more choice, not just for the people of Bideford, but people that visit the town too.

The opening of Starbucks in Bideford today (Monday).The opening of Starbucks in Bideford today (Monday).

"It's giving people a reason to stay a little longer in the town."

On Friday the Premier Inn opposite Starbucks opened, creating 20 jobs.

The opening of Starbucks in Bideford today (Monday).The opening of Starbucks in Bideford today (Monday).

And just down the road the town's new Lidl opened creating a further 40 jobs.

"It's been a good year for Bideford, particularly this end of Bideford," added Cllr Howell.

Inside the new Starbucks in Bideford.Inside the new Starbucks in Bideford.

"People say we need regeneration in Bideford - well, we're getting it.

"National chains are bringing lots of jobs and it's excellent news for the town."

Inside the new Starbucks in Bideford.Inside the new Starbucks in Bideford.

Cllr Howell said the town council was also being pro-active in trying to secure funds for Bideford from these developments - and any future ones.

"We want the money to be ring-fenced for Bideford, not to just vanish into a county-wide pot."