Costa consolidates store network in Carlisle

Eco Pod, Telford

Costa coffee has plans to open a third café in Carlisle and is currently looking for new premises in the city.

The coffee chain’s first Carlisle store opened in the former Ottakar’s bookshop, now Waterstones, on Scotch Street in 1998. A second café opened near the Old Town Hall two years later. Costa also has outlets in the Southwaite and Todhills service stations.

Developments are at an early stage but if successful the new store will create up to 10 new jobs.

A Costa spokeswoman told News & Star: “As the UK’s favourite coffee shop brand, we work closely with planning departments across the country to open new stores for the benefit of their local communities, creating new jobs and providing attractive and popular social meeting places.

“We are currently evaluating opportunities in the Carlisle area but have no firm plans at this stage.”

“The new site will allow us to keep up with customer demand by providing an additional Costa for customers to visit,” she added. “It’s very early days but we will be working to a timeline with a view to open in October/November of this year.”

According to the report, the deputy chief executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, Suzanne Caldwell, welcomed the news as there was “room for both” when it came to chains competing with local coffee shops. She said: “If this is somewhere they want to expand that is a good thing for Carlisle.”

Councillor Les Tickner, Carlisle city council’s finance, governance and resources portfolio holder, added: “Any chain – or independent – we want to attract to the city. It all just shows confidence in the city.”

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